Amazon news

01 September 2020
Whole Foods Market has opened its first permanent dark store to support online grocery deliveries in Brooklyn, New York. Amazon and Whole Foods Market collaboration In development for over a year, this store exclusively serves customers in the Brooklyn area. Teams from Amazon and Whole Foods Market collaborated on the concept which is full-staffed by Whole Foods Market associates. S...
27 August 2020
Amazon has opened its first Amazon Fresh grocery store in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. First Amazon Fresh store According to Amazon, the new store will deliver consistently low prices, a more convenient shopping experience, and free same-day delivery. The store will offer a range of national brands as well as produce, meat and seafood. A range of prepared foods will also be made fresh in st...
19 August 2020
Amazon and Morrisons have announced that customers are now able to shop the full Morrisons range on Amazon.co.uk. ‘Morrisons on Amazon’ store The ‘Morrisons on Amazon’ store offers customers access to a range of thousands of Morrisons grocery products including Morrisons The Best range and Morrisons Market Street selection, along with everyday essentials. The online store has launched in Le...
12 August 2020
For the first time, ASEAN Day will include the launch of the inaugural ASEAN Online Sale Day on 8 August. An initiative for retailers to showcase their products The new initiative is supported by many retailers across the Southeast Asian markets. It is a way to encourage retailers to embrace digitalisation to reach more consumers and access new markets. Source:...
06 August 2020
Amazon is set to increase the fees it charges merchants in the UK from September 2020. 2% increase Amazon has announced it will increase seller fees by 2% due to the passing of the UK’s digital services tax. In a note to sellers, Amazon stated: “While the legislation was being passed, and as we continued our discussions with the government to encourage them to take an approach that would n...
06 August 2020
Amazon has received approval by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for a 16% investment in Deliveroo. US$575m funding round In May 2019, Amazon became the biggest investor in a US$575m investment round in Deliveroo, with the exact amount Amazon spent unknown. Deliveroo said the new investment would contribute to expanding its London based engineering team, reaching new custome...
06 August 2020
Amazon has announced plans to launch in Sweden, the Nordic region’s largest grocery market. Here we consider which FMCG categories it usually prioritises and report on the online performance of leading Swedish grocery retailers. First launch in a Nordic country Launching in Sweden will see Amazon’s entry into the Nordics. Customers in Sweden can already shop on Amazon through other European...
04 August 2020
Amazon has reportedly agreed to a deal to open more than 10 of its checkout-free Go stores, and is in holding talks for 20 more stores, according to reports from The Sunday Times. Just walk out technology Amazon Go launched in the US in January 2018, marking the first checkout-free, 'just walk out' store concept to be developed by a major retailer. The Amazon Go concept has since been rolle...
31 July 2020
Amazon beat expectations with sales of $88.9bn in Q2, an increase of 40% year-on-year (YoY), with its North America business up 43%, and the international business up 38%. Online grocery sales trebled Amazon had expected sales of between $75bn and $81bn for the quarter. Its first-party online sales were up 49% YoY, and its third-party sales were up 53%. Its advertising business remained str...
29 July 2020
Amazon has announced the expansion of its robot delivery trial to Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin, Tennessee. Monday through Friday, during daylight hours Amazon began testing its delivery robots, called ‘Scout’, in Snohomish County, Washington, in early 2019 before  expanding to the Irvine area in Southern California , in August of last year. The fully electric, six-wheeled delivery robot...