Amazon.com Inc's Prime Day saw strong online sales growth in the United States on Monday even as supply chain snafus and a robust spending appetite limited the level of discounts on popular products like electronics.
As Debenhams exits the high street, many of its former stores are being converted to non-retail uses. But there appears to be an opportunity opening up for the return of smaller department store operators.
Amazon is postponing its major summer shopping event, Prime Day, until at least August and expects a potential $100 million hit from excess devices it might now sell at a discount, according to notes seen by Reuters.
Amazon on Wednesday said actor Samuel L. Jackson and other celebrities will voice speech for its virtual assistant Alexa, while the voice aid will also be built into a new wearable line of earbuds, glasses and a ring.
As yet another record Prime Day draws to a close, with over 175 million products purchased by Amazon shoppers in 18 countries over 48 hours, beauty has proved to be one of the most popular product categories this year.
Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Day is now a major marketing opportunity and shopping event in the annual calendar for other U.S. retail companies, rivalling the Thanksgiving holiday’s Black Friday as a driver of sales.