Amazon news

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...
02 June 2020
Amazon announced it will convert 125,000 of the 175,000 temporary roles hired since March to permanent roles. The retailer is also set to open a grocery store in a suburb of Chicago. Permanent roles offered In March, Amazon announced it had hired 175,000 additional roles to meet the rise in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The retailer will now convert 125,000 of these roles to permanen...
19 May 2020
Following closure in April due to a court ruling, Amazon is reopening its warehouses in the country after reaching an agreement with workers’ unions. Reopening of six warehouses In April, Amazon closed its six warehouses in France following a court order to ensure safety measures to protect workers against coronavirus (COVID-19). The retailer will now reopen its warehouses this week after r...
14 May 2020
We look at how the retailer is using dark stores to increase the availability of its online grocery service to better support shoppers during the pandemic. Six stores supporting grocery delivery Whole Foods Market has converted six stores to focus on grocery delivery. This week it added its DePaul store in Chicago to an online-only model, following on from recent conversions in New York, Sa...
13 May 2020
Amazon has expanded its Prime Now grocery delivery service through partnerships with Morrisons in the UK and DIA in Spain. Available across London and major UK cities Morrisons and Amazon announced they are expanding the Prime Now same-day delivery service for Prime members across London and more cities throughout the UK in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. By the end of M...