Amazon News

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...
07 March 2018
In an interview with La Journal Du Dimanche, Amazon France’s managing director, Frédéric Duval, has confirmed the retailer’s plans to launch a grocery service in the country, albeit without setting a timeframe. Considered launch requires preparation Duval said that the success and backing of its Amazon Fresh service in US underlined its corporate commitment and ambitions for grocery deliver...
01 March 2018
Expanding local grocery delivery India is a key target market for Amazon. The retailer has announced 15 fulfilment centres dedicated to the Amazon Now fast delivery service. The service was launched two years ago in Bengaluru, and now operates in three more cities: Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. These 15 centres are focused on groceries, and have a full range of temperature controlled facilitie...
31 January 2018
Amazon UK has announced plans to open a new fulfilment centre in Rugby. Meeting rising customer demand Amazon’s new fulfilment centre in Rugby will help the retailer meet rising customer demand, expand its range and enable SMEs currently selling products on Amazon Marketplace to better scale their businesses. It will be the retailer’s fourth fulfilment centre in the Midlands and will create...
25 January 2018
Amazon has opened its checkout-free Amazon Go convenience store to the public. The store, located in Seattle, uses ceiling mounted cameras and electronic sensors to track purchases, before charging the shopping to the customer's Amazon account. Source: IGD Research In-store experience To enter the store, customers must scan their unique QR code accessible via the Amazon Go app. The ...
11 January 2018
The trend for online retailers to establish a “real world” store network continues to gather pace in 2018. Alistair Balderson, IGD's Head of Supply Chain Insight, looks at some recent developments. Last week the two major Chinese online retailers were in the news. Alibaba announced the expansion of their Hema supermarket chain with 30 new stores to be opened in Beijing during 2018. And JD.c...