Amazon news

06 November 2014
Amazon Japan has partnered with convenience retailer Lawson to offer new, simpler and less technology-driven ways to buy its products in store.  Making online shopping easier, accessible and convenient Lawson's digital kiosks - currently used to pay bills and buy tickets - will also offer access to buy products from Amazon. The service has been simplified to make it use for those unfamilia...
30 October 2014
While grocery ecommerce has seen spectacular growth in many parts of Europe, it is on the verge of becoming a key route to market in North America. With retailers pushing hard to build a presence in the channel, we've identified five key drivers that suggest things are about to take off in the region: Walmart’s scale to shift the channel New technologies reducing entry barriers Acqu...
30 October 2014
Amazon China is going to offer overseas products shipped directly to China as part of its strategy to boost sales during China's upcoming Single's Day (or Double 11) online shopping festival on November 11th.  It will be competing with China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, which has started offering cross-border ecommerce and is expecting a sales of 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) on the day. ...
24 October 2014
Amazon’s shares dropped 10% following the announcement of its third quarter results, which saw the company posting wide losses, despite its multi-billion dollar revenue. Key figures for Q3:   Operating loss of $544m, from $25m a year ago Net sales up 20% to $20.58bn North America net sales up 25% to $12.65bn, international up 13% to $7.71bn Net loss of $437m against $41m last yea...
15 October 2014
Amazon is prioritising faster delivery of online orders with the introduction of a new same-day pick-up service in the UK. This will allow customers to order as late as 11:45am for collection from 4pm and adds 500 new Smiths News convenience stores to the retailer’s collection network. Fastest pick-up to date Amazon will be competing heavily with bricks and mortar retailers over the key Chris...
13 October 2014
Future Group has signed an exclusive agreement with Amazon to sell products online. The deal includes the joint development of private label lines, according to local media. Ready-made expertise Future Group will benefit from Amazon’s expertise to sell products online, beginning with more than 45 own labels of clothing and expanding out into categories including home, electronics and grocer...
10 October 2014
Amazon is reportedly planning to go multichannel, by trialling its first physical retail store in central Manhattan, New York. Attracting tourist footfall Amazon is yet to confirm any plans, but according to reports the store will be located opposite the Empire State Building on 7 West 34th Street, a central location popular with tourists. It is likely that the store would open in time for...
02 October 2014
Grocery is set to be the next product category to be introduced to Amazon India, according to local media. Ambient assortment Packaged food and beverages are set to launch on Amazon’s India site within the next couple of weeks, reports The Economic Times. Citing insiders, the newspaper said that the category would launch mid-October, just in time for Diwali and begin with 100 gourmet prod...
29 September 2014
Amazon is reportedly set to begin AmazonFresh grocery deliveries in New York, its first move to the US east coast. According to insiders the company could be set to roll out the service as early as next month, where it will compete with existing online retailers including FreshDirect, Peapod and delivery service Instacart. New Jersey distribution centre Amazon has been preparing inventory i...
15 September 2014
Rounding up the summer's top ecommerce headlines we examine how the online-to-offline trend is unfolding in Asia. Online-to-offline trend unfolds As ecommerce in grocery gains traction in markets across the region, multi-channel retailers are increasingly focused on forming stronger ties between their online shopping platforms and physical store networks. This offers greater convenience ...