Amazon news

08 July 2014
Apart from Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and Walmart, Reliance Retail is the next retailer which aims to capture a share of the growing Indian e-commerce market, investing in grocery online retail. Reliance Retail to enter the e-commerce market Reliance Retail plans to enter the Indian e-commerce market by offering deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables in Mumbai by the end of 2014. "The bus...
07 July 2014
Amazon has announced the appointment of Doug Gurr as country manager for China, replacing Steve Frazier.  Amazon experience at the top Doug Gurr is to take over as Amazon China President from 1 September, according to a company statement. Gurr joined Amazon in 2011 where he held the role of Global Vice President after joining from Asda-Walmart. Most recently he has been in charge of Amazon's ...
23 June 2014
Amazon is to offer click & collect services at busy UK train stations in a new partnership with Doddle. Targeting busy commuters Amazon is the latest UK retailer to sign up with Doddle, the click & collect joint venture between Network Rail and Travelex millionaire Lloyd Dorfman. Doddle has a pilot online shopping collect and returns service at Milton Keynes train station, which is staffe...
19 June 2014
Amazon has unveiled its long-awaited Fire smartphone, a new device featuring 3D technology and Firefly, which recognises products, phone numbers and movies. The phone will make it easier for customers to shop via their mobile and as an introductory offer comes with 12 months' membership of Amazon Prime. Investment in innovation The Fire smartphone promises to bring new innovation to the mar...
16 June 2014
Walmart is unlikely to open new cash & carry stores in India before 2015, but plans to introduce ecommerce to support current operations. In both channels, Walmart will encounter strong competitors: Metro Group is expanding fast in cash & carry, while Amazon is investing in new distribution centres. Launch of ecommerce to serve B2B Walmart will invest in ecommerce in India, with a launch im...
20 May 2014
Amazon in China has announced that it invested USD20 million to acquire a minority stake in online grocery retailer Yummy77.com, based in Shanghai. Fresh food online Yummy77 is an Chinese online grocery retailer based in Shanghai. Established in February 2013, the company currently offers online ordering and delivery of fresh foods across categories including seasonal fruits, eggs, meat, poultr...
12 May 2014
We bring you two seasonal innovations from Brazil to whet your appetite for the upcoming summer season. Keep track of your children on the beach Nivea's 'Anúncio Protetor' consists of a detachable strip on a Nivea magazine advertisement. Parents put this strip on their child's wrist and use their phone to set the distance they want to allow the child to roam. When the child exceeds this di...
08 May 2014
Amazon has announced Sunday deliveries will be introduced to 15 additional US cities. Partnership with USPS Amazon is working with the US Postal Service to introduce Sunday deliveries to 15 more US cities, following a successful rollout to Los Angeles and New York. The service is now available in cities across Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Louisiana. Convenience for fami...
06 May 2014
Amazon has announced a partnership with Twitter, allowing customers to add items to their online baskets using dedicated hashtags. Tweet to shop Customers on social media can now reply to Amazon's tweets and add items to their baskets, using the hashtag #amazoncart in the US or #amazonbasket in the UK. This places an item into their online basket, although they will still need to go to Amaz...
28 April 2014
Following a recent trip to a land of 'unorganised retail', Laura May looks at how the Indian grocery landscape is evolving as international retail players enter the market. A stark contrast to grocery retailing as some may know it, India's millions of market stalls and specialist shops, kiranas and kiosks - collectively known as 'unorganised retail' - account for around 98% of the country's gr...