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Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

...packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.The news sent Amazon's shares up nearly 5 percent in midday trading.The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS' 60 Minutes to deliver packages with self-guided...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-11/amazon-asks-faa-permission
Publishers, public meet at BookExpo

...and but largely refused to discuss the well-publicized and sharply-worded standoff in negotiations between the online retailer and Hachette Book Group.With terms for e-books sales reportedly at the heart of the conflict, Amazon.com has...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-06-01/publishers-public-meet-boo
Business news

...besides Amazon.com.A standoff between Ama zon and one of the leading New York publishers has intensified. The online retailer, which already had been slowing delivery on a wide range of Hachette titles, has removed preorder buttons for such...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-23/business-news
Weak electronics sales pressure Best Buy, Sears

...the fact that shoppers aren't shelling out for consumer electronics.Already squeezed by tough competition from online retailers like Amazon.com and discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target, retailers like Best Buy and Sears have been cutting...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-22/weak-electronics-sales-pre
Aiken County business owners voice concerns on Capitol Hill

...O'Steen is most worried about the Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed in the Senate last May and would mandate online retailers collect state sales tax at the point a purchase is made. The bill also requires that states simplify their sales...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-04-28/aiken-count
US retail sales up 0.1 percent in April; spending online and on furniture and electronics dips

...clothing stores were up 1.2 percent. But most of those gains were offset by declines in spending at restaurants, online retailers and furniture and electronics stores.Excluding autos and gasoline, retail sales fell 0.1 percent last month...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-13/us-retail-sales-01-percent
Amazon Prime price shock? Try these cheaper rivals

...price increase. The company, which guarantees members free two-day shipping on merchandise from more than 85 online retailers, began offering Amazon Prime customers free membership for a year. ShopRunner usually charges $79 a year. American...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-21/amazon-prime-price-shock-t
Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices

...difference if Citi bank finds a lower price from an online retailer. Wal-Mart is the first traditional retailer to...concerns that the tool doesn't compare prices of online retailers.After sending queries to some of Wal-Mart's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-21/wal-marts-new-tool-gives-c
Target's fallout from security breach likely will far outpace what TJX faced

...disclosure.Target was already experiencing sluggish sales in the U.S. as it's faced increased competition from online retailers and other rivals. Abroad, it's facing disappointing results from its first international expansion into Canada...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-02-26/targets-fallout-security-b
Ga. GOP Senate hopefuls trumpet differences

...doctors who prescribe marijuana for medical treatment.Perdue broke with Broun and said Congress should require online retailers to collect sales taxes. Kingston expressed sympathy for store-front retailers facing online competitors who don't...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-01-27/ga-gop-senate-hopefuls-trumpet-diff