Amazon news

16 June 2021
Amazon announced it has opened a new Amazon Fresh store in Bellevue, Washington which will feature the retailer’s Just Walk Out technology. First full-size grocery store to feature the tech The new Amazon Fresh store is 25,000 sq ft. It is significantly larger than Amazon’s stores that have opened to date which feature the Just Walk Out technology. For example, its Amazon Go Grocery store t...
16 June 2021
Vaccination to protect against COVID-19 is now more accessible in Asia, but the uptake has been sluggish.  To encourage more people to get the jab, some retailers as well as suppliers from the food and grocery industry are offering discounts and prizes for vaccinated individuals.  Hong Kong: ParknShop, Watsons and Sa Sa offer cash vouchers The CK Group has launched a lottery for Hong Kong r...
04 June 2021
French retailer Group Casino and Amazon have announced the launch of a new click and collect service in France. Initially available in Annecy and Clermont-Ferrand The new click and collect service will be rolled out initially in Annecy and Clearmont-Ferrand, before expanding into a dozen Casino stores by the end of summer. Amazon prime members will be able to order from a selection of mo...
28 May 2021
Amazon has launched miniTV, a free, ad-supported video streaming service within the Amazon shopping app. Available within Amazon’s app miniTV streams content across web-series, comedy shows, tech news, food, beauty and fashion. It is free to use and does not require a separate app, unlike Amazon’s Prime Video service which also requires a Prime subscription. Amazon said in a blog post: ...
04 May 2021
India’s second wave of COVID-19 infections continue to worsen, with no signs of slowing down.  The country’s overwhelmed healthcare system faces a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen, medicines and vaccines.  This has prompted another round of movement restrictions, with shorter operating hours even for grocery operators and other essential services.  And as more frontline workers report unwell, re...
30 April 2021
Amazon's net sales increased by 44% year-on-year (YoY) to $108.5bn, and operating income increased 224%, to $8.1bn for the first quarter (ended March 31). International segment driving growth Amazon’s international segment grew 60%, compared to North America which grew 40%. The international business now accounts for 28% of Amazon’s total sales, versus 25% last year. Amazon continues to lau...
22 April 2021
Amazon Salon is Amazon’s first hairdressing concept and will trial the latest industry technology, including augmented reality (AR) hair consultations and ‘point-and-learn’ technology. Amazon’s first hairdressing concept The 1,500 sq ft salon is opening in London’s Spitalfields and follows the launch of Amazon Professional Beauty Store on Amazon.co.uk. Amazon Salon will initially be availab...
13 April 2021
Eroski expands through franchising, following a €7.8m investment, while Amazon Fresh launches in Barcelona offering fast delivery of food, beauty, and personal care products. Separately, Condis is improving its online operations to meet shopper demand, as Sánchez Romero partners with Lola Market to create a new remote purchasing channel. Eroski launches 52 franchise stores Eroski has invest...
13 April 2021
In our latest report, we look at the initiatives retailers are putting in place as they strive to improve online grocery profitability following a year of accelerated growth. Five areas of focus for improved profitability  Following rapid growth last year, which saw grocery ecommerce sales almost double in the US to just under $70bn, in 2021 retailers are laser-focused on improving channel ...
12 April 2021
Japanese supermarket chain Daiei will launch an unmanned store in Tokyo, in collaboration with Chinese startup Cloudpick.  In addition, Rakuten and Seiyu are now also using robots to deliver supermarket purchases in Yokosuka City, Japan. Cost to implement Daiei’s store is 50% cheaper than similarly sized unmanned stores Daiei, an affiliate of AEON, will open this unmanned supermarket in Tok...