Scripting News for 9/19/2006

Fulfillment by Amazon: “You send your new and used products to us, and we’ll store them. As orders are placed, we’ll pick, pack and ship them to your customers from our network of fulfillment centers.” 

Amazon is kicking ass. I’ve long predicted that BigCo’s would become fulfillment companies. I just didn’t think it would happen this fast. Now I’ll predict that long after Google is burned out and forgotten, we’ll be shipping our wares to and from Amazon warehouses, with Jeff Bezos making some sheckels on each transaction. We’ll think of Bill Gates as someone like Andrew Carnegie or Burl Ives. What do you mean he’s still alive? 

Jason Kottke said something really nice about me today. Thanks man. Getting a MacArthur would be great. It would probably make my parents pretty happy too. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Joel Spolsky: “The phone they sent me, an LG Fusic, is really quite awful, and the service, Power Vision, is tremendously misconceived and full of dumb features that don’t work right and cost way too much.”  

Four years ago: “Weblogs, in a very real sense, get your mind out of bed, and back in the world. They can help alleviate the endless aloneness that’s part of recovery.” 

Sparkplug 9: “Pope says Islam is violent. Islamics react with violence. Pope apologizes.” 

Google has satellite pics of Baghdad. 

Movie: More chickens on stilts from Sunday’s parade

YouTube offers “several RSS feeds for categorized groups of videos (such as recently uploaded, top viewed etc) as well as customized feeds for users and tags.” 

If the Democratic Party had a sense of presence, they would run national TV commercials commemorating the life of Ann Richards. A few schmaltzy snips from her convention keynote in 1988. “I’m delighted to be here with you this evening, because after listening to George Bush all these years, I figured you needed to know what a real Texas accent sounds like.” I guess it would make today’s party leadership look as anemic as it is.  

Amanda Congdon is back with a new show, a roadtrip across America. A bunch of feeds, a website and a wiki

I signed up to be a beta for MSN’s Soapbox video community. I’ll let you know when I get a chance to try it out. I don’t feel bad, Mike Arrington doesn’t have an account either. I guess Microsoft is learning the art of teasing? Or does it just look that way? ๐Ÿ™‚  

8 responses to this post.

  1. At least a few bloggers took the time to infuse some of Ann Richard’s spirit into the current conversation. Thanks.
    Digby tells the story of how Karl Rove got revenge for Ann Richard’s quip about George Sr. being “born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

    Here’s how Ann closed the ’88 keynote: “”We want answers and their answer is that something is wrong with you. Well, nothing’s wrong with you. Nothing’s wrong with you that you can’t fix in November.”


  2. Michael, that’s a great line, but it isn’t the closer, it’s in the middle of the speech. I’m listening to it right now. Beautiful speech.


  3. Dave, you’ve be able to tap all the YouTube RSS feeds in on place for quite along time here:

    We didnt really promote it, as they not *reeeeally* podcasts. Or are they? I’d say not.


  4. Posted by buzzard bait on September 19, 2006 at 10:59 am

    Ms. Congdon is insanely…well…insane in the her first video blog entry. I’m not sure if I’m scared or amused. I do have really high hopes for the new project, tho.

    And, as for MSN’s video site, are to suspect that it’s going to be another MySpace/YouTube/Music Video/Lip Sync site or something with original content?


  5. Posted by George (Anonymous) on September 19, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    Amazon Fulfillment

    They tend to do well with small stuff. Have manufacturers (friends) that have larger items, everything from 1’x2’x4’/100lbs to large 5’x5’x5’/250lbs and Amazon has been a disaster. Bad shipping, bad damage returns, very, very poor inventory counts/control. They’ve all pulled out and do their own stores now.

    Example-1: Amazon shipped something like 5 units before getting one thru without minor damage then left the first four in the persons driveway waiting for pickup. The person had to threaten to sell them before Amazon got of the dime and picked them up. Each was worth a few hundred dollars.
    Example-2: Amazon kept ordering very large volumes of a good selling product (container loads). Other signs told the manufacturer they couldn’t/weren’t selling quite that many. Turns out there were a ton sitting in the Amazon warehouse. Amazon had lost track of them. Inventory tracking was terrible.

    Depending on the product category, Amazon could be good or a total disaster. They really aren’t that good in areas they don’t have knowledge/expertise. Or for products that don’t fit their normal small box shipping routines/automation.

    For certain types of products, you’re better of setting up your own Amazon store and handling the fulfillment yourself.


  6. Regarding Fulfillment by Amazon: take a look at the Amazon seller forums–it’s unclear to me if there’s a lot of demand. Why pay to have Amazon do something that you can do yourself?


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