Amazon news

07 May 2019
Amazon has expanded its in-car delivery service to include select Ford and Lincoln vehicles, following the launch of the service last year. Roll out of Amazon Key In-Car Amazon’s Key In-Car service gives Amazon couriers access to shoppers' cars to leave packages inside. The in-car delivery service works via the Amazon Key App. Shoppers have to add their car details to the app so that Amazon...
02 May 2019
As Amazon rebrands Souq to its own name, UAE-based LuLu continues its expansion in the region and AliExpress prepares to launch Ramadam sale, we round up news from the region. Amazon rebrands Souq Almost two years after acquiring Souq.com Amazon has rebranded the site under its own name. Visitors to Souq, except those from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, are being redirected to the Amazon.ae si...
26 April 2019
Amazon's net sales increased by 17% to $59.7 billion. Operating income grew to $4.4 billion for the first quarter compared to $1.9 billion in first quarter 2018. Quicker and more convenient deliveries Due to shopper demand and rising expectations for convenience, we are increasingly seeing retailers investing to improve their delivery standards. Amazon is tapping into this trend with the re...
24 April 2019
US clothing and homewares retailer, Kohl’s, has announced that it will accept returns of items purchased from Amazon across all of its stores. Creating convenient locations Kohl’s has announced plans to expand its Amazon Returns service from July to its entire estate of more than 1,150 stores across 48 states. Kohl’s and Amazon first partnered in 2017, with Kohl’s currently offering the ret...
23 April 2019
As the retailer looks to grow its omnichannel offer, we look at three developments from France-based Casino Group as it develops its agreement with Amazon, trials the use of robots in Paris and invests in a money management app. Casino expands Amazon partnership After the success of its partnership with Monoprix, Casino has announced ‘ the reinforcement of its partnership with Amazon ’. The...
18 April 2019
Amazon is reportedly shutting down its domestic ecommerce marketplace business in China by mid-July. It will focus on cross-border business. A challenging ecommerce market Amazon has been facing fierce competition from Chinese ecommerce companies. Alibaba and JD.com can deliver a larger range of products to Chinese customers faster with their scale and infrastructure. There are also smaller...
12 April 2019
Amazon has increased the price of Amazon Japan’s Prime membership. Fee flat for 11 years Amazon Prime was launched in Japan 11 years ago and the 3,900 yen cost has remained unchanged up until now. Amazon has increased the cost to 4,900 yen (US$44), a 26% increase. The company cited the growing number of services available to members. In recent years, Amazon has improved its offering in Japa...
02 April 2019
Amazon in Australia has recorded sales of AU$292m for the 12 months ending 31 December 2018. Positive revenue growth The online retailer has filed accounts for its first full financial year in Australia, with revenue increasing significantly from the AU$17m revenue reported in 2017. Of the AU$292m; retail sales accounted for AU$106m, sales from other related parties accounted for AU$150m an...
01 April 2019
Whole Foods Market has opened a small format concept, Whole Foods Market Daily Shop, in New York’s Chelsea district. Meeting shoppers’ on-the-move food needs The 2,500 sq ft store has opened adjacent to an existing larger format Whole Foods Market store in a space previously occupied by the retailer’s Whole Body health and beauty offer. The concept has been developed to meet shoppers’ on-th...
28 March 2019
Ecommerce giant takes steps to bridge the online to offline gap in India. 100 kiosks to be opened across the country With only one-third of the population with access to the internet, Amazon India is taking steps to strengthen its physical presence in the country. The ecommerce giant has announced plans to open more than 100 small kiosks by the end of this year.   Needing less than 10 sq...