77 per cent of Canadians to Christmas shop at Amazon.ca

More than three quarters of Canadians say they will be doing at least some of their Christmas shopping on Amazon.ca this year, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

The London, UK-based multinational professional services network surveyed more than 1,000 Canadian consumers as the 2017 holiday season approaches and found that, though half anticipate rising prices over last year’s Christmas shop, 53 per cent say they will spend the same as last year.

Despite these figures, PWC found that 27 per cent will spent more than last year, and only 15 percent will spend less; 5 per cent are unsure whether they will spend more or less this year.

What we find amazing is how far Amazon has come since its inception as a website that sold books, since then branching into areas such as tablet readers, smart home technology, subscriptions to retail goods, cloud storage, and music and video streaming.

Tech giants pour millions into Trump lobbying

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have spent at least $10 million in the second and third quarter of this year lobbying the U.S. Government, as political climates heat up following Trump’s erratic foreign and domestic policy decisions.

Tech executives were invited to the White House in December, 2016, even before Trump’s presidential inauguration. In June, Cook, confronted Trump in person with concerns surrounding immigration policy. From left to right: U.S. President Donald Trump, Facebook board member Peter Thiel, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Oracle Co-CEO Safra A. Catz.

Tech website Recode points to record high numbers in lobbying investment for tech companies like Google, which during the second quarter of this year spent $5.4 million on “lobbying efforts on shaping self-driving car regulation, pushing for surveillance reforms and addressing potential competition concerns in the nation’s capital.”

Apple spent only $2.2 million in comparison from April 1 to June 30, but this was double over the same period in 2016.