在一系列快速公告中, 亚马孙 发布了一组托管的电子商务支付服务,以及 更新 to its Mechanical Turk service. The payment service, Checkout by 亚马孙, will allow online retailers to use 亚马孙’s 一键式 结帐系统,计算运输成本和税金,并允许其客户跟踪运输。 Mechanical Turk的更新主要是为了指导企业更有效地完成流程,从而简化了新任务的创建。

Checkout by 亚马孙

Out of the two announcements, the payment services service are the most interesting. 亚马孙 gives its customers 两个选择: Checkout by 亚马孙 要么 亚马孙 Simple Pay。 Simply Pay基本上是完整Checkout软件包的简化版本,’包括一键式结帐和大多数订单管理功能,例如计算营业税和运费,创建装箱单或收集买家反馈。另一方面,“简单付款”使卖家可以使用更多付款方式,包括信用卡和银行帐户。亚马逊结帐只能接受信用卡。

These services are basically an extension of 亚马孙’s “弹性付款服务.” This service (which has been in beta for quite a while now) gives developers a set of API that hook into 亚马孙’s payment services. One area that 亚马孙 is especially targeting with this is micro-payments.

With these new services, 亚马孙 is going up against Google Checkout,以及大多数信用卡商家帐户。但是,有了亚马逊’在消费者中已经建立的影响力以及大多数消费者与亚马逊合作时所拥有的信任度,Checkout和Simple Pay在竞争中都具有明显的优势。对于商家,亚马逊’s Checkout服务还提供比大多数信用卡处理商或Google Checkout当前提供的服务范围更广的服务。但是,Google Checkout通常比亚马逊便宜’s offerings –尽管它也提供较少的服务。

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亚马孙’s Mechanical Turk基本上是一种外包琐碎任务的方法,这些琐碎的任务将需要大量的计算或仅需要人类智能来完成(亚马逊称之为“人类智能任务”)。应用范围从标记照片到重写琐事问题或挖掘特定故事。

通过此最新更新,‘requesters’, as 亚马孙 calls them, can look forward to a simpler user interface that will guide them through the process more effectively. 亚马孙 has also created a set of more efficient tools to track and monitor the work that is being done.