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Amazon joins Martha Stewart for meal kit delivery as battle for online grocery heats up

Unfamiliar with meal-kit service Marley Spoon? You’ve no doubt heard of the company’s latest partners: Martha Stewart and Amazon.com Inc.<br> The brand Martha & Marley Spoon, the result of a partnership between Stewart, whose brand is part of the Sequential Brands Group SQBG, -1.14% portfolio, and Marley Spoon Inc., is now available by delivery through<br> AmazonFresh in the larger New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia metro areas. Marley Spoon was founded in Berlin in 2014 and operates in six markets. Each Martha & Marley Spoon kit offers a recipe card, seasonal ingredients and the option to combine other items from AmazonFresh with a meal kit purchase.

AMAZON IS DOMINATING THE VOICE-ASSISTED SPEAKER MARKET

Amazon’s early bet on home automation device Echo is paying off. The e-commerce giant has a 70% share of the emerging voice-controlled speaker market compared to 23.8% for rival Google, research firm eMarketer said on Monday. Amazon’s huge lead puts it in a strong position in a fast growing business. In addition to making money from selling the devices, Amazon also benefits from Echo users buying more products from the company’s marketplace. Use of voice-controlled speakers is soaring. An estimated 35.6 million Americans will use one at least once a month in 2017, a 128.9% increase over last year, eMarketer predicts. Amazon debuted Echo in 2015 as an alternative to using smartphones, tablets, and computers at home. It allows people to use their voice to get answers to questions, turn on lights, order items like diapers, and even request an Uber car pick them up. Amazon has since incorporated it Alexa voice assistant, which powers the Echo, into its smaller Echo Dot as well as its Fire tablets. Alexa is also being made available to third-party companies like GE Lighting to use in their products.

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