U.S. online retail giant announces "biggest holiday" sales gain

Dec 27, 2017, 01:38
U.S. online retail giant announces

The Echo Dot was the e-commerce giant's best-selling item across all categories, and the e-tailer said millions more of its devices were purchased this year than last year. We're excited that people continued to join Prime this holiday, to take advantage of more fast and free shipping options plus new convenient delivery like Amazon Key, as well as early access to Lightning Deals and unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies, including Prime Originals and more. More than 2 billion items sold this way globally a year ago, according to Amazon, and 140 million items were sold this way from just Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.

Meanwhile a source informed the tech website Engadget that the bone of contention had actually been Amazon's implementation of its own hacked version of Youtube instead of working with Google to build versions of its app for FireTV.

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Despite the perks, it's not clear how many of Amazon's millions of new Prime members will stick around. The holiday season was also a boon for Amazon's Prime membership program.

It was a particularly good season for Amazon's devices. The Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, and TP-Link Smart Plug Mini were the most ordered items via voice. Oh, and the most requested song from Alexa users this season? But Moody's calls that speculation "seriously overstated", "highly improbable" and made "in the absence of any real guidance from the company itself".

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Amazon issued an after-Christmas press release - as always, it talked a lot about its services but was shy on details.

While Amazon is a major business, the company said more than half of its online sales are generated through small businesses, much of this via Fulfillment by Amazon. The last same-day Prime Now order in time for Christmas, which brought toys, art supplies and other gifts, was delivered within 58 minutes, at 11:58 p.m. on Christmas Eve in Baltimore, MD, the company said.

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