Amazon news

27 January 2023
On 24 January, Amazon opened an new format Amazon Fresh store in Croydon and on 26th January, it opened another new format Amazon Fresh store in Monument, London. During the same week, Amazon permanently closed its Amazon Fresh store in Dalston, London after 18 months of operating. The new format Amazon has introduced a hybrid checkout experience at the two new stores in London. Unlike t...
06 January 2023
The cost-of-living crisis has affected shoppers from all walks of life, with many trading down and making more cost-conscious decisions as 2022 has progressed and budgets got tighter. Amazon Fresh has seen double digit growth year on year across tinned meats, fruits and vegetables as shoppers’ budgets are stretched by the cost-of-living crisis. Tinned ready meal usage also rose as shoppers r...
13 December 2022
Short-form user-generated video is the content of the moment. Retailers and social platforms are investing to be in this space. Amazon is the latest to make a move, taking on TikTok with its new Inspire programme. What does this mean for the retailer and can it work for grocery? Personalised content feed Amazon Inspire is a new in-app shopping feed that provides uses with customised shoppab...
28 October 2022
We review Amazon’s third quarter results and the outlook for the year ahead. Q3 key numbers Total net sales increased 15% year-on-year (YoY) to $127.1bn North America segment sales increased 20% to $78.8bn International segment sales decreased 5% to $27.7bn, but increased 12% excluding changes in foreign exchange rates Operating income fell from $4.9bn to $2.5bn year-on-year ...
30 August 2022
The checkout area continues to a focal point for new innovations and pilots. We look at the latest partnership between Standard AI and Compass Group, and round-up some of the other key developments in this space. Targeting the educational sector Standard AI is one of the leading tech-firms driving the development of checkout-free concepts globally. Its autonomous solution can be deployed in...
22 August 2022
Amazon has halted the roll-out of its Amazon Fresh stores in the UK, as reported by The Sunday Times. Lower than expected sales Amazon has reportedly paused the expansion of the Fresh stores due to sales being lower than anticipated and the weaking economic environment. Amazon opened its first Fresh convenience store in March 2021 in Ealing. It has since opened 18 more stores. 18 of thes...
17 August 2022
As Metcash looks to invest in prices to remain competitive and launches SupaValu from IGA in Melbourne, Amazon offers free one-day delivery for Prime members, amongst other developments, we round up news from the market. Metcash aiming to remain price competitive… Metcash-owned IGA and Foodland stores, according to reports from The Australian, are aiming to remain price competitive by focus...
17 August 2022
Woolworths has announced its MD of B2B & Everyday Needs, Claire Peters, is leaving the business. She will take up the role of VP worldwide at Amazon Fresh. Oversaw strong growth at Woolworths Claire Peters joined Woolworths in 2017 as Managing Director of Woolworths Supermarkets. Prior to this, she had over 20 years of experience working for Tesco, having started at the retailer as a gradua...
29 July 2022
We review Amazon’s second quarter results and the outlook for the year ahead as it continues to take costs out of the business. Q2 key numbers Total net sales increased 7.2% to $121,234m Net product sales decreased 2.5% to $56,675m Net service sales increased 17.4% to $64,659m Operating income fell from $7,702m to $3,317m year-on-year Net income fell to -$2,028m, compared to ...
22 July 2022
We look at some of the latest checkout-free concepts to open, or soon to open, in North America, the range of formats they’re being developed within and assess where the various models go next. Key learnings Hybrid models will be the future, with shoppers able to enter and pay as in a regular supermarket, or use the cashierless technology There is no limit to the type of format where ...