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Amazon Signals Prime Day Will Start on Oct. 13
September 23, 2020 at 8:41 pm

Amazon.com has made signals over the past few weeks that Prime Day could kick off in the coming weeks, CNBC reported. The e-commerce giant confirmed in July that it would be postponing the two-day shopping event in the U.S. and said Prime Day would take place in the fourth quarter. It previously told third-party sellers to use the week of…

Amazon Launches High-End Luxury Shopping Experience
September 16, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Amazon.com is launching Luxury Stores, a shopping experience focused on high-end fashion and beauty brands, MarketWatch reported. Luxury Stores will be available in the Amazon app by invitation-only to U.S. Prime members, and will kick off with Oscar De La Renta, featuring the brand's pre-fall and fall/winter collections. In the upcoming weeks, other brands will also…

Amazon to Hire 100,000 Workers as E-Commerce Surges During Pandemic
September 15, 2020 at 11:13 am

Amazon.com said yesterday that it will hire another 100,000 workers to meet surging demand in the COVID-19 era, bolstering an already dramatic expansion of its workforce in 2020 and underscoring the massive shifts in online spending the pandemic has helped fuel. The latest hiring drive, which includes full- and part-time jobs, is the fourth largest campaign the Seattle-based…

Amazon Deleted 20,000 Product Reviews After Investigation Revealed Paid-For Reviews
September 8, 2020 at 5:52 pm

Amazon.com has removed 20,000 product reviews after a Financial Times (FT) investigation suggested that some of the site's top U.K. reviewers may have profited from leaving positive ratings, reports Business Insider. The paper's analysis showed nine of Amazon's top 10 U.K. reviewers dished out five-star reviews to products from little-known Chinese brands. The FT found the same…

Amazon Opens Online-Only Whole Foods Store in Brooklyn
September 3, 2020 at 2:40 pm

Amazon.com is opening a new Whole Foods store in Brooklyn, but it won’t be open to the public. In a first for the company, the Whole Foods store will be permanently online only, tasked with fulfilling online grocery orders for customers in the Brooklyn area, Amazon announced. The store, which opened on Tuesday, is located in Brooklyn’s…

Amazon's Consumer Business Chief to Retire Early Next Year
August 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Jeff Wilke, the chief executive of Amazon.com's consumer business, said on Friday he planned to retire early next year after more than two decades with the company. The news was announced via an internal memo posted to the company’s corporate blog. WIlke was one of two chiefs of specific businesses at Amazon who report directly to Jeff…

Report: Amazon to Turn Mall Department Stores Into Fulfillment Centers
August 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

Amazon.com is in discussions with mall owner Simon Property Group about using some closed J.C. Penney and Sears stores in its malls for fulfillment centers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The talks have been ongoing for months, the sources said. “For Amazon, more fulfillment centers near residential areas would speed up the crucial last mile of delivery,”…

Amazon to Launch Smart Shopping Carts in New Grocery Stores
July 14, 2020 at 4:06 pm

Amazon.com is launching shopping carts that track items as shoppers add them, reports CNBC. The Amazon Dash Carts automatically charge customers when they remove their grocery bags, allowing them to skip the checkout line. These smart shopping carts will roll out at Amazon’s new Los Angeles-area grocery store, which is slated to open this year, the company…

Amazon to Pay $500M in Employee Bonuses
July 1, 2020 at 6:51 pm

Amazon.com announced earlier this week that it will provide pandemic bonuses totaling more than $500 million to front-line workers, Progressive Grocer reported. These bonuses are to show appreciation for employees meeting boosts in demand from online shoppers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only employees who worked for Amazon through the month of June are eligible. Full-time…

How Amazon Handmade Curates Local Artisan Goods
June 13, 2020 at 10:25 am

In episode 251 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Katie Harnetiaux, global head of Amazon Handmade, a shop on Amazon.com featuring handcrafted goods from local artisans. Listen in as Harnetiaux discusses why the Amazon Handmade shop was created as part of the business five years ago, its international expansion, and the types of…