Amazon.com has launched a grocery delivery service in the U.K., following the recent kickoff of a similar service in Germany.
The online retailer said it has 22,000 product lines ranging from cleaning products to fresh fruit to beer and pet food. Amazon is entering a crowded market in the U.K. Stores such as Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose have delivery services that can often deliver items the next day during a specific time range.
10:41 pm on Jul 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
Thats a harsh market to get into. Tesco are getting close to owning that market. Will be interesting to see if the Amazon brand will be well received.
12:15 am on Jul 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
Absolute joke with the beer.
~£2.40 for a beer you can buy in the local quickie-mart for £2.00 and £1.65 in the supermarket
Not only that but £6.50 delivery.
I have doubts about some of the feedback. Someone commented on a 6 bottle gift pack.
Price was extortionate (4x the price in supermarket) and they reviewed 3 months ago. Maybe they were part of a trial before launch but even a trial user would not spend 4x on a product which is available for cheaper at the nearest supermarket.
2:45 pm on Jul 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
its the delivery cost that surprised me. The same with Tesco. There are a few independent grocery stores that cover the delivery cost. Why cant the majors do the same?
5:11 pm on Jul 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
It's because the stock is not amazon. It's one of the many third party retailers and they bump their P+P charges to ridiculous levels, and have high profit margins.
OK, they can't compete with the supermarkets bricks and mortar sites but there are no bargains with online groceries - it's just not profitable. Look at Ocado. They are struggling and are looking to the US for financing this week.
Some of the Amazon prices are way out too.
Sam Smiths Organic Best Ale 550ml: £7.30 (£13.27 / l)
That is £7.30 for ONE bottle. The vendor site is selling this for £3.75 whilst other sites have it at £2.75. That's not a pricing error; that is greed.
5:15 pm on Jul 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
>>Why cant the majors do the same?
i use sainsbury's on line for shopping and they deliver free - i think you have to order £100, but really that's not difficult, i buy the largest packets of rice/pasta etc available as it saves carrying them myself!