• Amazon announced this morning that Amazon One, the company's contactless entry-and-payment system that "uses custom-built algorithms and hardware to create a person’s unique palm signature," is now available "as an entry option at the Amazon Go store at 11 W 42nd St in New York City. With this, Amazon One is now available as an option in more than a dozen locations across the Seattle area and now in New York City—including at select Amazon Go, Amazon Go Grocery, Amazon Books, Amazon 4-Star, and Amazon Pop Up stores."
• The Associated Press reports that "Amazon, which has been under pressure from shoppers, brands and lawmakers to crack down on counterfeits on its site, said Monday that it blocked more than 10 billion suspected phony listings last year before any of their offerings could be sold.
"The numbers were released in Amazon’s first report on its anti-counterfeiting efforts since it announced new tools and technologies in 2019. The number of blocked phony listings last year was up about 67% from the year before.
"The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth said the number of counterfeiters attempting to sell on the site rose as scammers tried to take advantage of shoppers who were buying more online during the pandemic."
• Food & Wine has a piece about how Amazon is making "stocking your kitchen with functional and affordable gadgets a breeze. The retailer recently curated a storefront of essential kitchen tools that make preparing meals easier … The storefront includes items every kitchen needs, like knives and cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking tools, blenders, coffee or tea makers, casserole dishes, electric mixers, bakeware, Dutch ovens, and toasters."