E-Commerce: Amazon to Start Using Delivery Drones in Coming Months
At a conference in Las Vegas that took place this week, Amazon announced that they will start using drones to deliver packages to customers “within months.” Amazon executive Jeff Wilke introduced the drone that Amazon will be using, which is able to travel 15 miles and carry packages weighing 5 pounds or less. Amazon have been granted a permit by the US Federal Aviation Administration to operate the drone in the US, and the permit will allow them to fly the drone in authorized flight areas. In previous years Amazon has been accused of falsely promising drone delivery in order to gain publicity, however the drone they plan on using has proven to be successful after it underwent a trial in the UK in 2016 and delivered a package in 13 minutes.
VAT: Poland to Launch ‘White List’ of VAT Payers in September
Poland’s Ministry of Finance has made plans to introduce a ‘white list’ in September which will include information on VAT registered businesses. From 1 September, Poland will publish a list of businesses registered for VAT and their information on a daily basis. Users of the database will be able to search tax payer records from the last five years, and obtain return confirmation on checks. As well as information on all VAT-registered businesses, the list will include businesses who have been refused a VAT number or had their VAT number deregistered, and business bank details due to Poland introducing split payments in September also.
E-Commerce: PayPal is Expanding Its E-Commerce Platform to Small and Medium Businesses
PayPal is currently in the process of rolling out their e-Commerce platform to small businesses in order to give them the edge over their competitors. Although PayPal already currently runs an e-Commerce platform which is used by large social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram, the same platform will soon be available for small and medium sized enterprises to use. The platform will allow merchants to accept payments online through their customers via PayPal, but small and medium businesses will also get access to integrated features such as fraud protection, compliance and account authentication. The platform is due to extend to more than 40 markets by the end of the year.