Amazon launches organic gardening store

The Hindu Business Line

Online marketplace has launched an Organic Gardening store for customers who want to grow vegetables at their kitchen gardens.

There is a growing demand for organic products and in its endeavour to build a destination where customers can find, discover, and buy anything that they desire online is providing an array of natural products with the newly launched store. The store has been curated in three broad areas — Seeds, Fertilisers and Pest Control — the company said.

Cloud set to take over retail in 10 years: Amazon CTO


If you think you knew Amazon, things are about to change.

Amazon has built its business and reputation by becoming an e-commerce giant, but one of the company's top execs says 10 years from now, it will be all about the cloud and its division Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Amazon Thursday broke out the figures for AWS for the first time ever, and Wall Street liked what it saw. The division generated USD5.16 billion in revenue last year and USD1.56 billion in sales in the first quarter of 2015, up 49 percent from last year.

Amazon in talks to buy e-retailer Net-a-Porter


Amazon is in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall apart, Forbes reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of EUR2 billion (USD2.16 billion) reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes reported on Thursday, citing the person.

Alibaba: Microsoft, Amazon are friends – not rivals


Amazon and Microsoft are "friends" not rivals of Alibaba in the cloud computing space, a top exec at the Chinese e-commerce giant told CNBC.

The comments come just a few days after Alibaba opened a data centre in Silicon Valley – its first on US turf in a cloud market dominated by Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

But Ethan Yu, the international head of Alibaba's cloud division, Aliyun, told CNBC that the company was not in competition with its US counterparts.

Amazon reports USD214m net profit months after its biggest ever loss

Retail Week

Amazon has reported a net profit of USD214 million during the Christmas trading period, just months after reporting its biggest ever loss.

Amazon’s third-party merchants are a growing piece of the sales pie

The Wall Street Journal Online

To help fuel its growth, is increasingly turning to the millions of businesses that use its site to sell their own goods. That’s a good thing for Amazon, because those third party sales tend to have higher margins, according to some analysts, and it’s an inexpensive way to fill out its online catalog.

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Amazon: Free shipping saved customers billions this holiday season

With 100 million more items shipped for free this holiday season compared to the same period last year, Amazon said customers saved USD2 billion in fees from the two-day free shipping promo of Amazon Prime.

“We are especially excited that 10 million new customers tried Amazon Prime for the first time,” said Jeff Wilke, Senior Vice President,

Taking Stock: Building an omni-channel, data-rich experience

Companies like Amazon, iTunes and Net-a-Porter conduct all their business online. Traditional retailers, however, have an added challenge. They have to transition from being solely brick-and-mortar businesses to providing an integrated omni-channel experience that is able to leverage new technologies.

Amazon 3Q net sales up 20pc to USD21b

Amazon reported that net sales increased 20 percent to USD20.58 billion in the third quarter, compared with USD17.09 billion in third quarter of 2013.

“As we get ready for this upcoming holiday season, we are focused on making the customer experience easier and more stress-free than ever,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of

Sydney's Bigcommerce teams with Alibaba to take on Amazon

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

A Sydney software company developing e-commerce tools for businesses is taking on Amazon by teaming up with the Chinese internet giant Alibaba.

Bigcommerce has announced a partnership with the Chinese behemoth, hoping to slice into Amazon's capacity to source cheap products by connecting merchant to wholesaler.

Alibaba, which pulled off the biggest IPO in history on the New York Stock Exchange last month, will integrate its buyer and supplier network with Bigcommerce's users, enabling merchants to source products directly through Alibaba's suppliers.

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