Amazon news

06 May 2014
Amazon has announced a partnership with Twitter, allowing customers to add items to their online baskets using dedicated hashtags. Tweet to shop Customers on social media can now reply to Amazon's tweets and add items to their baskets, using the hashtag #amazoncart in the US or #amazonbasket in the UK. This places an item into their online basket, although they will still need to go to Amaz...
28 April 2014
Following a recent trip to a land of 'unorganised retail', Laura May looks at how the Indian grocery landscape is evolving as international retail players enter the market. A stark contrast to grocery retailing as some may know it, India's millions of market stalls and specialist shops, kiranas and kiosks - collectively known as 'unorganised retail' - account for around 98% of the country's gr...
25 April 2014
Amazon announced that sales for the first quarter ended 31 March 2014 rose 23% to USD19.74 billion.  Off to a "kinetic" start First quarter sales in North America rose 26% to USD11.86 billion, while international turnover increased 18% to USD7.88 billion. CEO Jeff Bezos said that the company was off to a "kinetic" start for the year with the release of its Fire TV set-top box, new streaming...
24 April 2014
Amazon in India is piloting a click & collect scheme with independent family-owned kirana stores in Bangalore. Embracing the competition Amazon is embracing neighbourhood kirana stores into its logistics network as part of a click & collect trial in the city of Bangalore. The retailer is using these mom and pop stores as delivery points, introducing additional convenience and making last-mile...
24 April 2014
Amazon has launched a new service for its US Prime members aimed at encouraging them to order ambient groceries and household items in bulk. Fill up for a flat fee The new service is available only to Amazon Prime loyalty scheme members and offers a flat rate for them to fill a box with everyday items in regular sizes. Goods are then delivered to customers in a single box at the rate of USD...
17 April 2014
Rakuten's UK online marketplace Play.com has announced the introduction of new product categories to its site, including grocery and pet. New products and categories Play.com has announced the addition of four new categories to its online marketplace: pet, grocery, motoring and musical instruments. The move introduces thousands of new products to its site as it looks to boost its offering and...
14 April 2014
The biggest grocery retailers are experiencing challenging market conditions. Price competition is fierce, discounters are growing, and the way people shop is changing. Is grocery missing out on economic recovery and, if so, why? What will it take to kick-start a recovery? James Walton investigates. Good news Economic recovery in the UK continues to gain momentum; output is rising, inflatio...
07 April 2014
Amazon Fresh is trialling a new Amazon Dash scanner with selected subscribers to speed up the process of ordering groceries online. Shopping made simple Amazon Dash is a handheld scanner that integrates voice search and Amazon Flow scanning technology into a single device. Customers may search for items by saying what they are looking for and add them to their Amazon Fresh order. Alternativ...
26 March 2014
In a bid to increase convenience for its customers, Amazon has teamed up with Bharat Petroleum to offer click & collect from its In and Out petrol forecourt stores in Delhi and Mumbai. Convenient logistics The latest partnership with Bharat Petroleum in India is part of a global focus by Amazon, which has seen it roll out click & collect to the majority of its international markets as a conve...
21 March 2014
Amazon's Quidsi subsidiary has relaunched its green products ecommerce site Vine under a new VineMarket.com name and with a new focus on those with special dietary requirements.  Food allergy sufferers Amazon's Vine site was established in 2012 as an online shopping destination for natural, organic and sustainably-made products. The site features everything from paraben-free skincare and glut...