Amazon reports that small- and medium-sized businesses had their best holiday season with items growing at a faster rate than retail sales. Whole Foods Market, which was recently purchased by Amazon also did well, with the top Prime member deal being turkeys. Because a Prime membership allows members to order items at a discount, receive free shipping, and get it delivered in time for the holiday, this allows theirsales season to last longer than just about any other online shopping service. Amazon gave back during the holidays as well.
"This season was our best yet, and we look forward to continuing to bring our customers what they want, in ways most convenient for them in 2019", said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer.
For apparel and accessories, customers scooped up Carhartt, which Amazon says sold 1 million units over the holiday, as well as Calvin Klein, Champion, and UGG brand items.
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The scam was called out by users who downloaded it to try to setup their Amazon speakers. In total more than a billion products were shipped for free worldwide to Amazon Prime subscribers this season. The company said it had 1.5 million returns, its highest for the season, on December 19. However, a fake Amazon Alexa Setup app still was able to get listed on the App Store and as a surprise, is listed in the "Top Free" apps section.
On a related note, the logistics arm of the Seattle-located firm, Amazon Transportation Services, witnessed its income increase by nearly 60% in FY18 as compared to previous year. The crash happened only in Europe with Amazon devices working properly with Alexa in the U.S. with no complaints from the customers. OneWorld Software's "Setup for Amazon Alexa" app, which was made available on the App Store last week, reportedly collects personal information such as IP address, mobile device ID, browser, location data, etc.
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