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Amazon launches one-hour mobile delivery in Manhattan

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Manhattan residents have the opportunity to receive Amazon deliveries faster than even before.

Prime Now, the newest benefit for Amazon Prime members, offers one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of products through a mobile app. Prime Now is powered by Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers that utilize high-end technology to speed up order delivery times for customers. Now, Prime members in Manhattan can get products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries delivered right to their door in an hour or less.

Amazon is launching Prime Now in select areas of Manhattan Thursday, Dec. 18. All Prime members can immediately download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, and will be notified when the service is available in their local area. Prime Now is available from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is available for $7.99.

A portion of Amazon’s new building on 34th Street in Manhattan will serve as a hub for delivery of Prime Now orders. The retailer plans to expand Prime Now to other cities in 2015. “There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior VP of worldwide operations. “There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less.”

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Thieves use creativity, stupidity at Walmart

BY CSA STAFF

Two men were arrested after they faked a heart attack in order to steal toys at a Walmart in Central Florida.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Tarus Scott and Genard Dupree teamed up to steal expensive toys, including a motorized Barbie car, a Barbie Glam vacation house and a Leap Frog tablet. But it's how they stole $369 worth of toys that makes this story a little different.

As seen in the surveillance video below (around the 3:30 mark), Dupree falls to the ground clutching his chest to fake a heart attack. Meanwhile, Scott wheels the toys out the front entrance while shoppers and the security guard are distracted. Once Scott is out, Dupree stands back up and walks out, still holding his chest. Together they left in a silver SUV, police say.

Both suspects were positively identified and arrested. They are both in the Polk County Jail, charged with grand theft.

Watch the surveillance video here.

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Deckers names Outerwall chair to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Goleta, Calif. – Deckers Brands has appointed Nelson Chan, chairman of the board of directors of Redbox and Coinstar parent company Outerwall, to the company's board of directors. Maureen Conners will step down from the Deckers board at year-end to pursue other activities.

Chan is also lead independent director of Synaptics, a developer of electronic interface technology, and serves as a member of the board of directors of genetic analysis company Affymetrix. Chan is also chairman of the board of directors of several select privately-held companies.

Chan previously served as CEO of GPS technology manufacturer Magellan, from 2006 to 2008.

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