Introduces a New Feature: Mind Reading

The retailer now promises to ship what you want before you buy it.

Jan 25, 2014 at 9:45AM

Think (NASDAQ:AMZN) won't take extreme measures to serve shoppers? Think again. The Wall Street Journal reported the e-tailer has patented a process for shipping products even before shoppers click the "buy" button.

Called "anticipatory shipping," Amazon's computers use signals to determine the odds of there being a need for certain goods in a specific locale and then shipping ahead to meet demand as it spikes. The goal? Cut delivery times and dissuade consumers from visiting physical stores.

In the following video, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says investors should think of it as akin to Google's compulsion to speed the delivery of search results. Nor should anyone be surprised. This, after all, is the same company that wants to experiment with using drones to deliver packages to residential shoppers.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you see Amazon's strategy as useful or creepy? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know whether you would buy, sell, or short Amazon at current prices.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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