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Amazon to offer Sunday delivery service

Amazon is to strike another blow against the high street by launching a Sunday delivery service across the UK.

The online retailer is to offer the deliveries in seven areas, for shoppers frustrated about missing deliveries during the week when they are at work.

Amazon tested Sunday deliveries in London during December. It will now make the service permanent in the capital, while also rolling it out to Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds.

Online sales are forecast to grow by 17pc in 2014 and clear the £100bn mark, as online retailers improve their delivery and collection options.

According to the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, online sales already account for more than £1 in every £5 spent by consumers in the retail sector after a 16pc rise in sales in 2013.

Jamie Stephenson, UK director for Amazon Logistics, said: “At Amazon, we’re continually innovating on behalf of our customers. We know customers really appreciated the immediacy of Sunday deliveries during the Christmas period and we were able to deliver thousands more parcels in this way in those four weeks.”

Sunday deliveries will be available to members of the Amazon Prime scheme at no additional charge.

Source : Graham Ruddick - The Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10582038/Amazon-to-launch-Sunday-deliveries.html

19 January 2014
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