Supply chain Praseeda Nair · 10 November 2016
Amazon brings in local London shops to Prime Now delivery service
Amazon Prime customers will soon have the opportunity to access an extra 7, 000 products, as the ecommerce leader rolls out its on-demand Prime Now delivery service to a select handful of independent retailers in London. The online giant has initially added products from a handful of luxury health and beauty and high-end wine and spirit retailers to its existing 15, 000 Prime Now items, and other local stores in the capital may soon have the opportunity to reach customers all over the city within an hour. In a statement, Amazon’s European director for Prime Now, Mariangela Marseglia, confirmed that more local shops can expect the opportunity to make their products available through the service in the future. She said: Local store delivery through Prime Now will expand to more shops and more customers. By working with local shops, we are increasing selection for Prime customers. Although trialling the service upgrade in London, Amazon’s existing Prime Now service has expanded to cover almost a third of the UK, and regional stores can anticipate sales opportunities in the near future. Cormac Tobin, managing director of the parent company that owns John Bell & Croyden one of the retailers brought into the service said that on-demand Prime Now delivery represented a boost to the store’s profits, with products available to users all over the capital at the click of a button. Tobin suggested that the extension of the on-demand service helped smaller retailers to compete with the convenience of online shopping.
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