Amazon news

02 July 2020
Amazon announced it plans to open an Amazon Robotics fulfilment centre (FC) in Western Sydney to expand operations in the country. State-of-the-art facility The new 200,000 sq. m. facility will open in late 2021 and aims to deliver a faster, more consistent experience for customers across Australia. The FC will use robots to speed order processing time by moving shelves to employees, theref...
01 July 2020
Amazon announced it has signed an agreement to acquire California-based autonomous driving startup, Zoox. Autonomous driving technology Zoox launched in 2014 with the aim of developing zero-emissions vehicles designed for autonomous ride-hailing. Amazon has agreed to acquire the startup in a deal reported to be worth more than $1bn. Zoox will continue to be led by its CEO, Aicha Evans, and ...
30 June 2020
Amazon has announced it is rolling out a new service, called Smart Stores, enabling customers to discover products at local stores in India, make payments, and earn rewards using Amazon Pay. Smart Stores With the launch of Smart Stores, customers in India can scan a QR code at participating stores using the Amazon app. These QR codes enable shoppers to access a digital storefront to learn m...
25 June 2020
Whole Foods Market has opened its new store in Baltimore, having initially paused the launch to use the facility as a dark store to support demand for its online shopping service. Opening to the public The Baltimore store was one of three which the retailer held back on opening to the public earlier this year, along with locations in Austin and Castle Rock, Colorado. Along with existing sto...
24 June 2020
Amazon has announced it is launching The Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of sustainable technologies and services. The retailer has also launched an accelerator programme in the UK for small businesses and startups. Climate Pledge Fund Amazon’s $2bn Climate Pledge Fund will be used to invest in companies that are building products, services, and technologies to decarbonise th...
23 June 2020
New store openings have been relatively rare this year as retailers have focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and paused new space plans. However, 2020 got off to a strong start, including a notable new opening from Amazon. We look at some of the key stores which opened each month this year in the US and what learnings can be taken as retailers adapt to the current trading environment. ...
23 June 2020
Amazon has launched Amazon.sa in Saudi Arabia, a rebranding of Souq.com. Amazon rebrands Souq Amazon.sa has been rebranded from Souq.com, an ecommerce platform which Amazon acquired in 2017 in the Middle East. Shoppers’ account information for Souq.com was automatically transferred to the new site. The retailer said that it is building an operations network across the country, and it alr...
22 June 2020
Doug Gurr, Amazon’s UK Country Manager, is set to leave his role later this year to take up a new position as Director of the Natural History Museum. Nine years at Amazon Doug Gurr joined Amazon in 2011 from Asda. He became Country Manager of Amazon UK in 2016, having previously held the role of President of Amazon China from 2014 to 2016. Gurr will reman in his current role until late 2020...
10 June 2020
Amazon in Australia has launched a new beers, wines and spirits shop on its website. Moving towards a more credible 'Pantry' offer Since launching in Australia in 2017, Amazon has steadily increased its services in the market, as well as expanding its range of food and consumer goods products. In its latest development, Amazon has collaborated with both local and international alcohol manuf...
05 June 2020
Amazon has announced it will close its Pantry grocery delivery service in the UK, Italy, and Spain. Closing 30 th June Amazon Pantry is a Prime-exclusive service which offers members a range of products including food and drink, alcohol, beauty, household, and pet supplies. Amazon announced it is closing the service in the three markets on 30 th June 2020. The retailer said most Amazon Pa...