Vermont Novelty Toaster Corp. says that Amazon has withheld half its sales over the last two weeks while Amazon “reviews” its account. The Jesus toaster was the 32nd-best-selling toaster on Amazon this Christmas.
The act of showrooming is seeing a growth that cuts across a variety of demographic segments, according to the Holidays Retail Trends study by CFI Group. This is due in part to mobile technology, and practiced by a majority of consumers whether they intend to or not.
Amazon has turned to an unusual source of seasonal hires to fulfill orders this holiday season: hundreds of workers who call RV campers their homes in Kentucky, Kansas and Nevada.
What will retail look like in 2014? Contributing writer Jonathan Levitt sees two major emerging trends occurring in the New Year: the rise of the ubiquitous shopper and wide-scale retail automation.
Since 2010 Amazon has shared warehouse space with Proctor & Gamble, the parent company of such products like Pampers diapers, Bounty paper towels, Tide laundry detergent among others, according to the Wall Street Journal, a move many are saying is a beneficial arrangement for both companies.
Amazon is once again flexing its fulfillment muscle by announcing plans to add new fulfillment centers throughout the United States in Southern California, Wisconsin and Maryland.
Amazon spokesman Erik Fairleigh said in an email that the company had not changed the minimum order amount for free shipping in more than a decade. That amount was previously $25.
Amazon is expected to hire more than 70,000 full-time seasonal employees across its U.S. fulfillment centers for the holiday season in order to meet the increase in customer demand, a 40% increase over 2012, according to a press release.
The Amazon effect, customer acquisition and shipping are among the hot topics on the minds of merchants as they head into holiday 2013. See how merchants are preparing for the holiday.
Amazon has been making major investments domestically and internationally to its fulfillment operations. In fact, since 2010 alone, Amazon has invested $14 billion in building new warehouses and hiring additional back-end staff all in an effort to bring more products, to more people, the fastest way possible.