Amazon news

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...
21 March 2014
Amazon and Dangdang have been criticised for selling fake cosmetics to customers in China via their third party marketplace sites. Tighter regulation The sale of grey market cosmetics on the sites was uncovered by China Central Television (CCTV). Responding to the report, Amazon said that it had closed down the account of the third party seller involved and would refund customers. The company...
17 March 2014
Ocado’s CEO Tim Steiner has said he anticipates that the company’s biggest future competition in online grocery will come from Amazon rather than one of the big four supermarkets. Speaking at the Retail Week Live conference, Steiner outlined that he envisages 40-60% of the grocery market could in the future transition to the online channel. In this context, he talked about the potential thre...
17 March 2014
If you have attended any of IGD's recent trade briefings you will have noticed that much of the discussion is centred around multichannel. As store sales slow and online continues to soar, retailers are looking at new ways to capture a growing share of the evolving online and digital market. Multichannel a major focus for the big grocery retailers Asda's CEO Andy Clarke spoke at length r...
14 March 2014
Amazon has announced that it will put up the price of US Amazon Prime membership to USD99 from next week, as it looks to offset growing usage and fulfilment costs. Fee flat for nine years Amazon first warned analysts during its annual results call that a hike in the fee for Amazon Prime was likely, as the company looked to offset rising costs associated with its popular loyalty programme. Amazo...
10 March 2014
Amazon.es has introduced a click & collect service in conjunction with UPS to increase convenience for Spanish customers ordering online. Broad pick-up network Customers ordering items from Amazon in Spain may now choose to collect their items from a nearby neighbourhood store, following a tie-up between Amazon and UPS's Kiala network comprising 1,200 local stores. The service is offered at t...
10 March 2014
Amazon has introduced a new mobile app for its Marketplace sellers, making it easier for them to list products on the site. Convenient selling The new Amazon Seller app allows Amazon's merchants to manage their accounts on-the-go for the first time. Users can search and scan item barcodes, review both seller fulfilled and FBA orders, manage inventory and quickly list new products. Addit...
24 February 2014
Amazon is to roll its LOVEFiLM on-demand subscription video services into Amazon Prime in the UK and Germany, bringing the service in line with its US operations. Combining Prime with LOVEFiLM Amazon is to introduce Amazon Prime Instant Video to the UK and Germany, rolling up its LOVEFiLM on-demand services into its existing free shipping offer. The price of Amazon Prime in both countries wil...
20 February 2014
Amazon is looking to roll out its Amazon Fresh online grocery service to Germany by September this year, according to national newspaper Bild. Learning from the US Bild cites insiders claiming that Amazon is set to launch Amazon Fresh in Germany by September. Amazon has reportedly already equipped four facilities in Germany, Austria and neighbouring countries with infrastructure and fleets ...