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Amazon's latest idea may make online shopping even easier

Compiled by Herb Scribner, Deseret News National Edition

Published: Mon, Dec. 2 3:55 p.m. MST

 This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday Dec. 1, 2013,  there's no reason drones can't help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)

This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday Dec. 1, 2013, there's no reason drones can't help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)

(Uncredited, Associated Press)

In the wake of the frantic Black Friday, shoppers are clicking their way to more deals with Cyber Monday. It's an easy way to buy products and find the deals.

And that easiness may increase.

On Sunday, a day ahead of the Internet’s largest shopping day, Amazon.com unveiled Prime Air, “a futuristic delivery system that the company says will get packages into customers' hands in half an hour or less, delivered via unmanned aerial vehicles,” according to The Los Angeles Times. The company said the service could be realized by December 2015, according to Yahoo News.

In a quick video clip by Bloomberg, Amazon’s vision is depicted, where a shopper is delivered a package by an unmanned drone.

Skeptics have raised concerns about the drone possibilities, according to Quartz, a digital news outlet. Some of the bigger issues with the drones revolve around them crashing into other things, and whether or not commercial drones will be legalized.

“For now, though, the U.S. Postal Service, DHL, UPS and FedEx are certain to employ plenty of real-life humans for many years to come,” wrote Heather Timmons for Quartz.

But Brad Stone from Business Week finds Amazon’s drones a great idea, but not necessarily for its delivery capabilities.

“The aerial drone is actually the perfect vehicle — not for delivering packages, but for evoking Amazon’s indomitable spirit of innovation,” reported Business Week. “Many customers this holiday season are considering the character of the companies where they spend their hard-earned dollars. Amazon would rather customers consider the new products and inventions coming down the pipeline and not the ramifications of its ever-accelerating, increasingly disruptive business model."

Online shopping is becoming more of a convenience for people, as shoppers no longer have to leave their homes to find a bargain. The quickness of online shopping as risen, too, Amazon recently announced it will begin delivering on Sundays in conjunction with the United States Postal Service.

And the movement towards online buying isn't slowing down. The National Retail Federation, which keeps track of shopping numbers year round, said about 131 million shoppers plan to buy on Cyber Monday, which is a 2 million more shoppers than last year.

“Despite record-breaking online shopping Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, holiday shoppers aren’t done yet; we expect Cyber Monday to be bigger than ever,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a statement.

Cyber Monday may not end so early this year, either, according to the Associated Press. “Cyber Monday seems to have stretched into Cyber Week or even Cyber Month, with retailers from Amazon to Wal-Mart rolling out online deals since the beginning of November,” reported the AP.

CyberMonday.com, the official Cyber Monday website, offers several different deals from across the Web. ABC News posted its top 11 Cyber Monday deals, including offers at Best Buy, Starbucks, Macy’s and other online retailers.

But all the online shopping hasn’t affected the stock market, according to USA Today, which reported on the early numbers. Stocks were “basically flat” early Monday, USA Today reported.

Email: hscribner@deseretnews.com

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1. Cowboy Dude
SAINT GEORGE, UT,
Dec. 2, 2013

Robots to eliminate jobs in another industry.

2. Kings Court
Alpine, UT,
Dec. 2, 2013

This won't work but in certain suburban areas devoid of trees, power-lines, and other obstacles. Imagine these things trying to deliver packages in downtown Manhattan.

3. Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT,
Dec. 2, 2013

Attention all thieves, get some binoculars and follow that drone!

4. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
Dec. 2, 2013

Thieves, nothing! Amazon, meet second amendment. Filling the sky with free stuff and targets is not a good idea.

5. Aggie238
Logan, UT,
Dec. 3, 2013

Cowboy Dude,

Someone has to design, build, maintain, and monitor the robots. I don't remember reading about the economy tanking when electric lightbulbs made the candlemaking industry obsolete.