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Amid Increasing Competition, Amazon Loses its Contract with FedEx

Since FedEx has refused to transport Amazon parcels via air, it remains unclear how Amazon would be able to keep up with its recently-introduced one-day delivery program for Prime members in the US

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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

Amid increasing competition, global courier company FedEx has decided not to renew its air shipping contract with e-commerce giant Amazon.

Amazon’s FedEx Express contract is in question, which according to Amazon is used for air transportation of packages and is not used for last-mile and ground deliveries, The Verge reported on Friday.

“FedEx has made the strategic decision to not renew the FedEx Express US domestic contract with Amazon.com as we focus on serving the broader e-commerce market,” Carl Quintanilla, CNBC Journalist tweeted a screenshot of FedEx’s statement.

“The decision does not impact any existing contracts between Amazon and other FedEx business units or relating to international services,” the statement added.

Amazon is not FedEx’s largest customer and only 1.3 per cent of the total revenue generated by the global courier company in 2018 was attributed to Amazon.com.

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Stijn Vanveerdeghem, left, an engineer with Cisco, shows graphics with live wireless traffic to FedEx employee Barry Poole during the RSA Conference in San Francisco. VOA

However, the decision did not really come as a surprise to Amazon, the report said.

The e-commerce company has invested years into building its own delivery infrastructure to cut down on logistics costs.

Currently, Amazon oversees a massive warehouse, air hub, and cargo freight logistics network in addition to its growing network of Flex personal delivery drivers, which are employed using an Uber-like contract model.

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“We respect FedEx’s decision and thank them for their role serving Amazon customers over the years,” the report quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying.

Since FedEx has refused to transport Amazon parcels via air, it remains unclear how Amazon would be able to keep up with its recently-introduced one-day delivery program for Prime members in the US. (IANS)

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Amazon Ring Doorbells Exposed Home Wi-Fi Passwords to Hackers

This takes place in an unsecure manner, through an unprotected access point

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When first configuring the device, the smartphone app must send wireless network credentials. Flickr

Amazon has rolled out a security patch for its widely-popular Ring Video Doorbell Pro after Bitdefender security researchers found that it was exposing Wi-Fi network credentials, thus, allowing nearby attackers to intercept them and compromise the household network, media reports said.

Security researchers from Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, thus, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance.

“When first configuring the device, the smartphone app must send wireless network credentials. This takes place in an unsecure manner, through an unprotected access point. Once this network is up, the app connects to it automatically, queries the device, then sends the credentials to the local network,” Bitdefender was quoted as saying by the TechCrunch on Thursday.

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Security researchers from Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, thus, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password. Flickr

Notably, Amazon has dominated Apple and Google in the smart home market, thanks to its smart assistant Alexa and its Echo line up of devices.

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Amazon fixed the vulnerability in all Ring devices in September, but the vulnerability was only disclosed now, the report added. (IANS)