Amazon Japan launches fresh food delivery service

/ Apr 21, 2017

Amazon Japan launches fresh food delivery service

Amazon Japan G.K. started a fresh food delivery service Friday, allowing customers to receive products they buy in as little as four hours after order placements in some cases. Japan is the third country after the United States and Britain where the “Amazon Fresh” ...

Home delivery firms strain under e-commerce load

Apr 16, 2017

Home delivery firms strain under e-commerce load

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Amanda used to work part-time for major delivery firm Yamato Transport Co., helping out during Japan’s busy traditional gift-sending seasons in summer and winter. But not anymore. “It was just too hard,” she said. “Drivers are not robots. They are human beings. But people ...

Amazon tests Seattle grocery pickup service

Mar 29, 2017

Amazon tests Seattle grocery pickup service

Amazon is testing a grocery pickup service in Seattle. The AmazonFresh Pickup service is currently open only to Amazon employees. Eventually, members of Amazon’s $99-a-year Prime loyalty program will be able to order groceries online and drive to a pickup location, where crews will ...

Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future

/ Mar 23, 2017

Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future

Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is “substantial doubt” it will be able to keep its doors open. It’s a dramatic acknowledgment from ...

Aided by apps, audiobooks market grows in Japan

Feb 13, 2017

Aided by apps, audiobooks market grows in Japan

The use of audiobooks is increasing steadily in Japan, providing a boon to the publishing industry, which is facing declining sales of ordinary books. Audiobooks already account for 10 percent of book sales in the United States and Europe. In the U.S., audiobooks, which ...