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Target announces that they’ll price match Amazon year-round

Amazon has been a huge thorn in the side of most brick and mortar retail stores by way of cheaper prices, quick shipping, and a wider variety than any physical store could ever hope to carry. Now a lot of stores have given up competing with the online giant but not Target. Target had the balls to announce they would match Amazon prices for the entire year, as well as most of their other competitors.

The extended policy will also apply to competitors other than the internet retailer, of course, but Amazon has become the main threat when it comes to “showrooming,” a process where consumers visit physical stores to get a quick peek at products before ultimately placing an order online. Target also plans to match rates from Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us if customers should find the same item priced lower there. You might expect that attempting to keep parity with Amazon’s basement pricing would wreak havoc on Target’s financials, but the company says that relatively few customers take advantage of the policy to begin with. Rather, it’s a move intended to bolster the company’s sagging retail performance.

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Brazil to begin cloning endangered species

Being that Brazil contains the Amazon River and the Amazon basin, it has a giant wealth of natural resources when it comes to various species. However, as the rainforests continue to disappear at an alarming rate, so do entire species of plants and animals. In an attempt to preserve some of that diversity, Brazil will being cloning some of its wildlife to ensure their survival.

Brazilian scientists have announced that they are moving ahead with plans to clone a number of endangered species, a list of animals that includes the jaguar, maned wolf, and black lion. The groundbreaking initiative is being conducted by the Brasilia Zoological Garden in partnership with the Brazilian government’s agricultural research agency, EMBRAPA. The researchers claim that they’re not looking to repopulate habitats, but to increase the number of captive specimens available. But in the event of extreme cases, they admit that they’re prepared to release these cloned animals into the wild.

Researchers at the Brasilia Zoological Garden have selected eight animals for the initiative, most of which are on the the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The genetic material required to clone these animals were collected over the course of the past two years, including the genomes of the bush dog, coati, collared anteater, gray brocket deer, and bison. The genomes were harvested primarily from dead animals native to the Cerrado, the vast tropical savannah biome that stretches across central Brazil. The researchers say they have already collected 420 samples which are currently being stored in their gene banks.

Now that this initial phase is complete, the next step will be to train the researchers at the zoo.

These animals will not be the first ones to be cloned by EMBRAPA; the government agency was responsible for the birth of a cloned cow in 2001. Since that time, various other animals have been cloned in Brazil, including other cows and horses.

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Amazon to offer same-day delivery and completely destroy all actual real-life stores

If you thought Amazon Prime or Amazon’s 2 day shipping just wasn’t efficient enough, apparently the site is now striving towards same-day delivery. As in you order in the morning and have your product in your greedy little hands by lunch. It seems absurd now, but think how convenient that would be for all the internet addicted shut-ins we have? Yeah, that’s probably you. Regardless, if Amazon can pull off same-day shipping, why would anybody want to go to a store where they have to pay more, deal with shitty sales people, and pay for gas when they could just sit on their ass? They wouldn’t.

A report in the Financial Times states (registration or subscription is required) that Amazon believes same-day shipping will be more important than not collecting taxes from online shopping.
According to CNN:
Amazon has fought hard to avoid collecting sales tax during its 18-year history by setting up distribution centers in select tax-friendly states. But a new report in the Financial Times says the company is changing its strategy, setting up distribution centers across the United States in locations that insist on collecting sales tax. With the exception of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Washington, items sold from Amazon.com LLC are not subject to sales tax.
That’s the beauty to Amazon — it’s usually cheaper than retail because there’s no sales tax. Assuming you live in a state where sales tax is not collected, the only caveat to shopping on Amazon is that you have to wait for the item to be shipped to you, which could be several days, depending on availability.
If Amazon offered same-day delivery, it could mean not having to make that trip to Walmart after work, which means less driving, less money spent on gas, and more time for you to do things that you care about.
Slate’s Farhad Manjoo seems to nail what we’re feeling (bolded for emphasis):
It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly this move will shake up the retail industry. Same-day delivery has long been the holy grail of Internet retailers, something that dozens of startups have tried and failed to accomplish. (Remember Kozmo.com?) But Amazon is investing billions to make next-day delivery standard, and same-day delivery an option for lots of customers. If it can pull that off, the company will permanently alter how we shop. To put it more bluntly: Physical retailers will be hosed.

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