Amazon is keeping up its push to build its own delivery capabilities.The online retailer said Thursday that it's going to support entrepreneurs who form companies to deliver its packages with its new Delivery Service Partners program.Amazon will offer discounted vehicle leases and insurance, training and access to logistics tech, saying that its partners can earn profits up to $300,000 annually by operating a fleet of 40 delivery vehicles. Delivery Service Partners can start their own business with investments starting at $10,000, it said."Customer demand is higher than ever, and we have a need to build more capacity," Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a release. "As we evaluated how to support our growth, we went back to our roots to share the opportunity with small-and-medium-sized businesses."The new program extends Amazon's already long list of logistics and delivery operations as it works to respond to surging customer demand. Last year, … [Read more...] about Starting a delivery business? Amazon wants to help
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When it comes to cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS), we're all familiar with the usual cloud providers. But for small businesses and larger enterprises, there's a huge world of opportunity and available resources beyond those best-known cloud storage and cloud computing services: Google, Dropbox, Salesforce, Amazon and Microsoft. In this guide to services for business, we're looking at 24 incredibly valuable services that solve real-world business problems. A few of you may have heard about before. Many may be new to you. All are capable of providing nearly instant benefit -- without you having to make any infrastructure investment whatsoever. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of these products and services featured on this page.With that, let's get started with our first cloud-based service... 1. Approval DonkeyCloud-based approval workflows Free version: Up to three workflowsPlus program: $13 per monthHow many times has a project come to … [Read more...] about Best cloud services for small businesses
Cloud-based storage solutions have advantages for many small business owners (even if they don't look like actual clouds). Anthony Harvie/Getty Images For many years the owners of Brandshake Creative, an online graphic and web design company in Atlanta, believed that a dedicated business server was a necessity. "Until the late 2000s," Rama Roy says, "There was no question we had to have our own server. Our server was one of our company's biggest depreciable assets, and our IT guy was probably one of our bigger expenses. We practically had him on speed dial for things like upgrading the operating system, setting up new users and dealing with inevitable glitches." Several years ago, however, Brandshake — along with many other like-minded small businesses — replaced its server with a cloud-based storage solution. Cloud solutions have advantages for many small business owners. They're cost-effective. Data is retrievable instantly from anywhere. Backups are regular and … [Read more...] about Do you need your own servers for your small business?
You’ve just booted up a game on a state-of-the-art quantum computer. You’re running 19 superconducting quantum bits on a processor held at near absolute zero. Anticipating its sheer power, you press start and... Well, you don’t get much. Maybe a smiley face that’s winking and not winking at the same time. What gives? Quantum computers are nascent computer processors that promise to solve problems that are difficult or impossible for today’s computers. They use the mathematics of tiny particles, rather than computer logic, to guide their binary system calculations. And while programmers are making basic quantum games that sometimes amount to flipping coins, one day researchers hope they’ll be able to introduce strange new in-game weapons, improve procedurally generated levels, and create far more lifelike in-game artificial intelligence. Companies have recently begun releasing real, rudimentary 20-or-so qubit quantum machines that programmers can … [Read more...] about What Will Quantum Computer Games Be Like?
Tools to Help You Protect Your Online Banking Many browsers display a locked padlock icon to show you that the site you're on is indeed secure. Check for this icon and a URL beginning with "https" before handing over your information. ©iStockphoto.com/PashaIgnatov Are you one of the growing group of people who love the convenience of online transactions? Or are you among those who still aren't convinced it's a safe thing to do? Security of your banking information online is one of the most pervasive reasons people prefer cash, but it's getting more and more difficult to conduct business outside of your own neighborhood without giving in to the pressure to go digital. In the constant battle with cybercriminals, there are some new weapons in the consumer's arsenal you might want to take a look at. Besides using up-to-date browsers, which offer better encryption of secure transactions, a new push for something called federated identity is taking shape. Spearheaded by … [Read more...] about How to Protect Banking Information on Your Computer