Amazon news

11 May 2015
The US patent office has published details describing how Amazon’s Prime Air service plans to use data from customers’ smartphones in order to deliver items to the correct location. Patent approval Amazon has won patent approval for its drones, which will have the ability to track customers’ locations and also be able to communicate with one another about weather and traffic conditions, ...
28 April 2015
Amazon has launched a new Amazon Business service on its US site under the tagline “The Amazon you love. For your business.” Online convenience Amazon Business is a new B2B addition to Amazon.com that aims to bring the retailer’s familiar selection, convenience and value to business customers. Business customers must sign up, but can do so for free and benefit from free two-day shipping...
24 April 2015
Amazon has reported that net sales increased 15% to $22.72bn in its first quarter ended 31 March. Operating income was up 74% to $255m, although Amazon reported a net loss of $57m on continued investment. For the first time the company broke out its AWS revenue, which is now a $5bn business. But what can we learn from Amazon’s results? 1. North America continues to lead growth Amazon’s do...
23 April 2015
Amazon has announced that it is working with Audi and DHL on a pilot scheme to deliver customer packages to vehicles, as it continues to innovate for increased convenience. The “Mein Kofferraum” scheme is being piloted from next month in Munich, where Amazon Prime members can sign up to the scheme if they own an Audi vehicle. How does it work? The new service is made possible through in...
21 April 2015
Mobile technology is changing the way that we live our lives, communicate, research and shop. For most of us, smartphones are always on and in our hands throughout the day. But the mobile experience just took one step closer to being even more personal with this week’s launch of Apple watch – a device we are happy to wear all day, strapped onto our wrists. On the first day of launch, more than on...
16 April 2015
We round up this weeks latest developments, as both the online and cash and carry channels come under increasing scrutiny. Trent launches online platform Tata group's Trent retailing division has launched its first ecommerce grocery platform in Mumbai, under the website www.my247market.com. It is understood that the website is an initiative by the Trent unit called Fiora Hypermarket, which ...
01 April 2015
Amazon has teamed up with FMCG manufacturers including P&G, Kraft and Nestle on innovative new Dash buttons, which makes reordering of everyday essentials effortless for its US Prime members. Push the button Amazon Dash is a handy way for customers to re-order essential items simply by pressing a button. Each product-branded button comes with a reusable adhesive and hook, so that it can be...
19 March 2015
Amazon has announced the expansion of its Prime Now rapid delivery service to customers in Miami and Baltimore following a successful trial in Manhattan last year. Focused on everyday essentials, the mobile-only service offers additional convenience to Prime subscribers. Essentials via mobile Amazon Prime Now is only available on mobile and only to Amazon Prime members, giving customers ...
06 March 2015
Amazon China has opened an official store on Alibaba's Tmall marketplace selling imported products including food, shoes, toys and kitchenware, unveiling a new collaboration between the two e-commerce companies. Amazon widening its reach The initiative by Amazon reinforces the huge dominance and influence of Tmall in China and its position as the first port of call for Chinese consumers. Sa...
19 February 2015
Walmart has recently announced that it will be taking on new staff at its @WalmartLabs innovation unit in Bengaluru, plus the expansion of its cash & carry network with 15 new stores in Andhra Pradesh. New resource will help drive e-commerce growth The @WalmartLabs unit will hire more than 200 new people by next year due to the growing usage of digital media in India. Walmart commented on ...