Amazon FBA rockets while it extends physical reach

Amazon has announced that the Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) service it runs for its marketplace sellers has delivered more than two billion items for its sellers worldwide in 2016.

“2016 was a record-breaking year in sales worldwide for sellers on Amazon,” commented Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace.”

In addition, Amazon has said that the FBA items shipped worldwide grew by more than 50% this holiday season against the one previously. In other highlights about its performance in 2016, the number of active sellers worldwide using the FBA service has grown by more than 70%, and outside the US FBA shipments grew by more than 80%.

In other Amazon news, the online giant has confirmed that it plans to open a second fulfilment centre in Jacksonville, FL.

“Six months after announcing a major fulfilment centre in Jacksonville, Amazon is again choosing Jacksonville as the site of another facility that will create an additional 1,000 new jobs, bringing the company’s announced footprint in Jacksonville to 2,500 jobs,” said Aaron Bowman, senior vice president of JAXUSA Partnership.

Amazon is known to be extending its bricks and mortar presence, and its set to open a new store in the Time Warner Center in Manhattan later this year. The company opened its first physical store in Seattle in late 2015 and has since opened two more on the US West Coast.

In addition to its bookstores, Amazon has also been experimenting with a new convenience store concept in Seattle. Called “Amazon Go”, this is a convenience store with a difference: there are no cashiers and no checkout. Instead, customers scan their phone using the Amazon Go app on the way into the store, and their Amazon account will be charged for items taken.
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