Amazon Watch: Weekly recap

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

In addition to revealing details about Prime Day, Amazon made the headlines for several other stories. Here’s a rundown:

Prime Day comes at a price for Amazon’s third-party sellers. For the second year in a row, the online giant is hiking up its fees for sellers to run Prime Day Lightning Deals during its 36-hour Prime Day event.

Amazon to print its own toy story. Amazon is taking a page out of the now defunct Toys “R” Us play book, and will reportedly print a toy catalog for the upcoming holiday season that will be mailed and also be available in Whole Foods Market stores.

Plenty of speculation about when Amazon will…. As Amazon preps to close on its purchase of PillPack, the industry is abuzz with speculation about when it will begin selling prescription drugs.

‘Emerald City’ Amazon Go in the works. Despite plans to open Amazon Go locations in Chicago and San Francisco, Amazon plans to open a second cashier-less store in its hometown of Seattle this fall.

Study: Prime Day to give back-to-school spending a big boost. Retailers are jumping onboard Amazon’s upcoming Prime Day event to kick off their back-to-school shopping season.

Study: Most consumers welcome Amazon’s move into pharmacy. More than half of Americans approve of Amazon’s decision to enter the pharmacy market — most likely because they think it will in-crease competition and reduce prices, according to a research report from Global DataRetail.


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