Predictions For 2014, Amazon spent 2013 attempting to wow us and, for the most part, succeeded.
This year saw the debut of Amazon’s Mayday customer service button — the marquee feature for its newest line of Kindle Fire tablets — the revival of the US Postal Service through Sunday delivery, and, of course, the frenzy of debate over autonomous flying robots serving as the next-generation of delivery men ahead of Cyber Monday.
Think Amazon out did itself in 2013? Well, get ready for even more eye-popping surprises in 2014.
Known for its willingness to play the long game, Amazon often goes through cycles of large investments before reaping the rewards, and 2014 will be another year when the company “percolates,” said NPD analyst Marshal Cohen.
“You can feel that they’re getting ready in a year or two to come out with some very big things,” he said.
Of course, that won’t stop Amazon from introducing more incremental products and services next year as well. But focusing on the next big thing is more fun. Here are five bold ideas we think are most likely bubbling under the surface at Amazon. Sorry, drones not included.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Kindle event last year. If Amazon has a smartphone, it will be cheap because the company wants to make money off what you buy from a device and not the device itself.