Amazon news

15 August 2018
Amazon has opened its second fulfillment centre in Australia, in the south western Sydney suburb of Moorebank. Second fulfillment centre in Australia The new centre is the first for the retailer in Sydney and second in Australia, after opening its first in Melbourne in late 2017. The new facility, which at 43,000 sq m is almost double the size of the one in Melbourne, will dramatically improv...
27 July 2018
A new report published by the Grocery Manufacturers Association shows that levels of product availability online are well below those seen in physical stores. The headline finding is that online availability is 80% across the markets and categories reviewed. In the USA, the 15% out-of-stock rate online is nearly double the out-of-stock rate of 8.3% for physical stores. The report looks at six ...
04 July 2018
Amazon has launched Delivery Service Partners, a new programme that allows entrepreneurs to start their own package delivery business under the Amazon brand. This is the latest of Amazon's initiatives to ensure fast and efficient delivery for its customers. Representing the Amazon brand Each Delivery Service Partner is vetted by Amazon, and is expected to represent the Amazon brand. P...
02 July 2018
Amazon has announced the acquisition of PillPack, a US prescription medication supply chain company, for a reported $1 billion. The completion of the deal is subject to regulatory approvals, expected to close in the second half of the year. Modernising the health care space Amazon aims to modernise the health care space through the deal. Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer, comm...
25 June 2018
Amazon has officially launched its Hub apartment delivery lockers, enabling residents to access packages from a range of senders. The Hub was initially launched last year, but Amazon has now decided to announce the product officially and begin rolling the service out across the US. Standing out from rival collection lockers The Hub lockers are similar to Amazon Lockers that are present a...
16 May 2018
For many shoppers, the issue with buying products online is having to be at home for the delivery time slot. Unattended in-home delivery eliminates that need, and even remembers to put your ice cream in the freezer. In the last year or so, we’ve noticed a real trend in unattended in-home deliveries. It’s not something I’d have ever thought possible five years ago, but if there’s anything I’v...
25 April 2018
Supply chain is a key factor driving a rush of new corporate deals and partnerships in the U.S. and Canada, as grocery retailers look to compete with Amazon, Walmart and each other. My colleague Stewart Samuel has just written an overview of some recent corporate activity from retailers in North America, published on our sister service Retail Analysis. The report is now also available on S...
25 April 2018
In an effort to combat “porch pirates” and spread deliveries away from peak times, Amazon and other delivery companies are constantly looking for secure ways to get your order to you. The last such announcement cam with the roll-out of their Amazon Key “smart door” service. The latest initiative from Amazon is to partner with advanced carmakers to allow deliveries to be dropped off in th...
09 April 2018
Amazon has announced that it will extend its Amazon Key service to all Amazon customers in the U.S. The announcement comes a month after Amazon acquired high-tech home security producer Ring in a deal worth over $1 billion. The deal is Amazon's second largest acquisition. The announcement also comes just six months after Amazon first trialled its Amazon Key service in 37 US cities and surro...
27 March 2018
Amazon has announced a partnership with French retailer Monoprix, a subsidiary of Casino Groupe, to launch Prime Now in France. Amazon extends global grocery reach Prime Now customers will be able to order a range of groceries sourced by Monoprix, including private label products. It is the first French retailer to launch a partnership with Amazon. Monoprix is one of France's largest gro...