Purchases Via Alexa Tripled Year-Over-Year This Holiday Season

Amazon’s Alexa suffers outages on Christmas Day as device appeared to cope with onslaught of new users

The retail juggernaut had a fantastic 2018 holiday season, setting new sales records. Even better, the entire smart home segment did well in Amazon's stores, with Amazon's own devices breaking records and other devices being some of the most popular items bought from the e-commerce giant. These sales could give the company a much needed better outlook after disappointed investors after the company's last earnings reports. Whole Foods Market, which was recently purchased by Amazon also did well, with the top Prime member deal being turkeys. "We are thrilled that in the U.S. alone, more than one billion items shipped for free this holiday with Prime". In October, Amazon's revenue and profit forecast for the holiday quarter fell short of analysts' estimates, as investors anxious about Amazon's increased pace of spending.

The items that contributed to the more than 1 billion items sold - as Amazon's CEO of worldwide consumer Jeff Wilke said in a statement - included Amazon devices like the new Echo Dot, as well as LOL Surprise! dolls in the Glam Glitter series, Carhartt clothing and accessories, and Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones.

Getting each one of those gadgets and different blessings to purchasers inside the one to two days was a coordinations challenge for conveyance administrations like FedEx Corp. what's more, United Parcel Service Inc.

Who would've thought that a smart speaker is the best Christmas present?

Alexa set more than one hundred million timers during the 2018 holiday season and delivered 8 times as many reminders over past year.

The couriers are bracing for a second wave of business as people begin returning gifts in January.

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Jürgen Klopp struck a similar note, noting his team's six-point lead over Spurs could be whittled down quickly. But we are not thinking about if we are able to overtake Liverpool or whatever, that is not the issue.

And while Mastercard says the electronics and appliances category was a soft spot, dropping 0.7%, Amazon says its devices were big sellers, up in the millions over previous years.

Amazon's claimed that Alexa, it virtual assistant device suffered service outages in Europe on December 25, likely due to a flood of new users using the Alexa app.

Amazon's Alexa generally works by sending voice commands through Amazon Echo devices that go straight to a server where a computer interprets them.

Finally, Amazon boasted that they saved people millions in their physical stores, naming Becoming by Michelle Obama as one of their best-selling books.

In fact, Alexa was incredibly busy this holiday compared to last holiday.

- With assistance from Bloomberg's Thomas Black.

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