Monday, 18 December, 2017

Amazon to launch Prime membership for Singapore, ends free shipping for non-members

Amazon Handmade items will be delivered through the online retailer’s two-hour delivery service Prime Now which normally carries household convenience items Amazon launches Prime membership in Singapore amid SE Asia push; stops free shipping option
Laurie Berry | 06 December, 2017, 12:29

Now Amazon, which had been offering its two-hour delivery service Prime Now for free on a S$40 minimum purchase in Singapore without any membership fee, will start charging S$8.99 per month after a limited introductory period.

Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday launched its subscription-based Prime service in Singapore that provides access to fast shipping, streaming and gaming, intensifying competition with incumbent rival Alibaba-backed Lazada in Southeast Asia.

He also said that the company is also taking into account what Singapore customers want. And this is just the beginning.

The e-commerce giant had launched its Prime Now fast delivery service in July.

While free shipping and the ability to purchase global goods at lower cost are Amazon's main draw for Singaporeans, it has upped its features to include streaming with the launch of Amazon Prime.

He added that Prime membership is "country-specific and not-transferable" so those with U.S. memberships are unable to use it locally, and that he encouraged Singaporeans "to leverage the Prime membership package developed specifically for Singapore".

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"As a Singaporean myself, Prime's arrival to our tech-savvy city state brings me great pride", said Henry Low, Director of Operations, Prime Now, Amazon.

Compared to the US' Prime, though, Singapore's version is lacking.

Stephenie Landry is the vice president of Prime Now and said of the development: "Amazon is thrilled to continue expanding on our commitment to small businesses and artisans who can leverage Amazon's last-mile delivery technology to get their handcrafted items to Prime members in an hour or less".

Under the previous ordinance, AmazonGlobal program, every Singaporeans could enjoy free shipping for buying qualifying goods worth at least USD$125.

Twitch Prime: Free in-game loot, like exclusive characters, boosts, and skins, in games including Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Origins, and Digital Extreme's Warframe, plus full games from indie developers. They will also enjoy access to gaming benefits with Twitch Prime, at no additional cost.

Singapore is the 16th country and the first in South-east Asia to launch Amazon Prime. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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