Today, in the connected economy, Amazon offers Prime members same-day delivery from a list of local retail stores across the country. Additionally, Ethereum’s founder questions Meta’s ability to launch a metaverse, and Tiffany & Co. ventures into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Amazon offers same-day delivery from local retailers
Amazon is offering Prime members in 10 U.S. metro areas the ability to shop at local retail stores through the company’s app and website and have those goods delivered the same day. Metro areas include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Seattle and Washington D.C. Participating retailers include PacSun, GNC, SuperDry and Diesel, with Sur La Table and 100% Pure expected to join soon. There’s also the option to buy goods online and pick them up in-store, a free service for Prime members who spend at least $25 on qualifying items, and $2.99 for members who spend less than $25.
Ethereum Founder Says Facebook’s Metaverse Vision Is Doomed
Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin questioned meta-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to build a metaverse. Buterin said he believes the Metaverse will be built, but none of the companies’ existing attempts to intentionally create the Metaverse will go anywhere. He also said, “We don’t really know the definition of ‘metaverse’ yet, it’s way too early to know what people actually want. So anything Facebook creates now will fail.
Tiffany’s NFTs will hit the market at $50,000
Amid an era of turmoil in the non-fungible token (NFT) market, Tiffany & Co. is jumping into the fray this week with virtual and physical pendants designed for CryptoPunks owners that look a lot like this range of digital collectibles. The pendants are being sold with a price tag of 30 ETH (approximately $50,000) each, which “includes the cost of the NFT, personalized pendant, chain, and shipping/handling,” the retailer said.
Razer Merchant Services Expands BNPL Acceptance with Atom Partnership
Razer Merchant Services (RMS) of Malaysia has partnered with Asian brand Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) Atome to offer flexible deferred payment options when paying at online and offline merchants. Among the first merchants to take advantage of the partnership is Starbucks. The coffee chain and other B2C merchants using BNPL can make their products more accessible to consumers through flexible, deferred payments.