Amazon hunting for 1,300 European warehouses as battle for fast delivery hots up

Amazon ​is looking for a staggering 1,300 warehouse units across Europe to fulfil its commitments for its one-hour Prime Now delivery service.

The online retailer is understood to be seeking small warehouse units in urban locations near major cities, as consumers increasingly demand shorter delivery times for goods from laptops to lawnmowers.

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Google Shopping Express – a same-day delivery service for online shoppers

Google Shopping Express

After six months of testing, Google has officially opened its new service, Google Shopping Express in the San Francisco Bay Area. Google Shopping Express is a new same-day delivery service that is available in the Bay Area, which includes San Francisco and San Jose.

 

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Brick and mortar stores are back, same-day delivery service is the reason

Traditional retailers who have retained their national chain of stores and built a web/mobile presence are actually in the best seat.

Shoppers are demanding faster and faster delivery on the items they order online, and organizations like Amazon and eBay have conditioned them to think that’s reasonable.

And you know what? It is.

 

 

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Will Amazon’s push for same-day delivery destroy local retail?

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Amazon logistics center.

Amazon has had an unbeatable price advantage over its physical rivals.  When you buy anything from your local retailer the company is required to collect local sales tax at the checkout. In most states, Amazon is exempt from that rule. According to a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, only firms with a physical presence in a state are required to collect taxes from residents. For example, if you live in California and buy a product on Amazon you are supposed to  pay a $100 “use tax” when you file your annual return in that state. But nobody does that. For most people, then, most items at Amazon are significantly cheaper than the same, identically priced items at other stores.

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