Amazon: Customers ordered 34.4 million items across Prime-eligible countries breaking all Black Friday records with 398 items ordered per second

  • Amazon sold more units on Prime Day than Black Friday 2014, the biggest Black Friday ever
  • Worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014
  • More new members tried Prime worldwide than any single day in Amazon history
  • Sellers on Amazon that use the Fulfillment by Amazon service enjoyed record-breaking unit sales – growing nearly 300%
  • Customers ordered hundreds of thousands of Amazon devices – making it the largest device sales day ever worldwide

SEATTLE, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today announced it sold more units on Prime Day than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try Prime worldwide than any single day in Amazon history. Customers ordered 34.4 million items across Prime-eligible countries, breaking all Black Friday records with 398 items ordered per second. Prime Day was also a great savings day – members globally saved millions on deals. Customers ordered hundreds of thousands of Amazon devices – making it the largest device sales day ever worldwide.

“Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of new members who signed up on Prime Day, and our tens of millions of existing members for making our first ever Prime Day a huge success,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President, Amazon Prime. “Customers worldwide ordered an astonishing 398 items per second and saved millions on Prime Day deals. Worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014 – all in an event exclusively available to Prime members. Going into this, we weren’t sure whether Prime Day would be a one-time thing or if it would become an annual event. After yesterday’s results, we’ll definitely be doing this again.”

“Prime Day was a record-breaker globally – it surpassed all of our expectations,” said Alexandre Gagnon, Country Manager for Amazon.ca. “This week has been the busiest ever for Prime signups and we saw more members shopping on Amazon.ca on Prime Day than on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We can’t wait to do it again next year.”

On Prime Day, the top 10 Canada Prime Day bestsellers were:

  • Huggies Diapers
  • Kindle
  • Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker
  • Linke Apple MFI Lightning USB Cable
  • Sennheiser RS170 digital Wireless Headphones with Dynamic Bass and Surround Sound
  • Breaking Bad Complete Series Limited Edition Barrel
  • Crucial Solid State Drive
  • Phillips Bodygroom Pro with 3D Pivoting Head shaver
  • Jackery Mini Premium Ultra-Compact Aluminum Portable Charger
  • Flashpoint – The Complete Series

Other customers’ favourite Amazon.ca Prime Day deals included a PlayStation 4 Bundle, RCA 46-inch LED Full HD TV and Bose SoundTrue Headphones, to name a few.

Prime Day was also the biggest day for sales internationally. Top sellers around the world, excluding Amazon devices, were:

  • Canada: Huggies Diapers
  • US: Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
  • UK: Lenovo FLEX 10 10.1-inch Multimode Touchscreen Notebook
  • Spain:  SSD Drive
  • Japan: Green Smoothie mix
  • Italy: Logitech Keyboard
  • Germany: Croc Sandals
  • France: Monopoly Boardgame
  • Austria: Croc Sandals

Fun facts about Prime Day in Canada:

  • Amazon.ca sales on Prime Day increased by nearly 400% compared to the same day in 2014
  • On Prime Day, Amazon.ca Prime members purchased 410 times more Sennheiser headphones, and 132 times more Phillips Bodygroom Pro shavers versus the previous Wednesday
  • We sold enough photo storage hard drives that if all the photos they could store were placed end-to-end, they would equal more than 144,000 CN Towers
  • We sold enough Breaking Bad DVDs that it would take over 4 years to watch them back-to-back
  • We sold enough GoPro cameras to record over 650 hockey games from start to finish without needing to recharge
  • Members loved our 50% off all Huggies diapers deal. We sold enough Huggies to diaper every baby born this year in Canada
  • We sold enough watches to give one to every active player in the NHL, with plenty more to go around
  • We sold enough Instant Pot Pressure Cookers to make more than 55,000 servings of poutine gravy at the same time
  • Amazon.ca Prime members purchased enough Hoover Upright Vacuums to reach the highest point of Niagara Falls more than 6 times when stacked on top of each other
  • Amazon.ca Prime members purchased enough AeroGarden Indoor Gardens to make over 3,000 salads at the same time

Prime Day was also a success for sellers on Amazon that use the Fulfillment by Amazon service – they enjoyed the biggest day ever with record-breaking unit sales growing nearly 300% worldwide. These sellers included local retailers and businesses of all sizes. Two of the top 10 most popular deals on Amazon.ca on Prime Day were from sellers Memory House and Jackery. Some feedback from Amazon.ca sellers include:

  • “Every one of our deals was 100% sold! The FBA service has been great and on #PrimeDay was huge for our business. Holiday sales volume in July. What a day!” – Mike Mitchell, COO for MMP Living
  • “Prime Day sales were off the charts. Prime Day is a perfect example of how Amazon is continuously developing new ways to delight its customers.” – York Wu, CEO of Jackery
  • “People jumped on #PrimeDay … nearly all our deals 100% claimed.” – Bernie Thompson, CEO for Plugable Technologies
  • “All of our Prime Deals sold out, most within the first hour. I can see Prime Day being the new Summer Shopping Holiday.” – Howard Greenspan, President of SCS Direct
  • “This first Prime Day was a GREAT day for us. We sold more than 1,700 products. All of our FBA inventory is gone. I wish we stocked more. You guys ROCK! Wow.” – Kevin Ma, Manager of Distribution, NCIX
  • “Thank you to Amazon for the opportunity to participate in Prime Day. Our customers really thank you! We saw a 6x increase of our regular summer daily sales and the event definitely lived up to being bigger than Black Friday. Let’s do it again next year. – Deepak Jain, Managing Director, ShopTronics

More to Prime
For Canada, a Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, discounted One-Day Shipping for as low as $3.99/item, Same-Day Delivery in Toronto and Vancouver for a flat fee of $6.99 per-order and unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos. For more information, visit amazon.ca/primeday.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Amazon.ca introduced its annual Best Books of the Year

Three Canadian authors earn spots in the top 10 Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year list; Five Canadian authors in the top 25

For the first time ever, Amazon.ca also selects Best Canadian Books of the Year and Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens

SEATTLE, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Amazon.ca introduced its annual Best Books of the Year. The curated list is determined by the books team and features their favourite books released in Canada in 2014. This year, Amazon.ca names Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett as the No. 1 Best Book of 2014.

For the first time, Amazon.ca also names the 10 Best Canadian Books of the Year and the 10 Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens. Topping the Best Canadian Books of the Year was Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. The No. 1 Best Book of the Year for Children and Teens was Nancy Knows by Canadian author Cybele Young. Toview all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.ca/bestbooks.

“Customers looking for the perfect holiday read for the book lovers in their lives will find a wide variety of recommendations on the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year lists – from travel-inspired literary journeys, to books that keep you laughing, as well as our favourite Canadian reads and thrilling page-turners you can’t put down,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca.

The top 10 editors’ picks for the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year are:

  1. Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett: A tour of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.
  2. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund: A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.
  3. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
  4. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood*: In these nine dazzlingly inventive and rewarding stories, Margaret Atwood’s signature dark humour, playfulness, and deadly seriousness are in abundance.
  5. On Immunity by Eula Biss: Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man’s Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
  6. Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte: Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together.
  7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel*: An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly-acclaimed previous novels.
  8. Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder*: Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind.
  9. Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman: The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.
  10. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson: Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet.

* Books with asterisks (*) are by Canadian authors.

The 2014 Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year features five novels by Canadian authors in the top 25 rankings, includingStone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (#4), Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (#7), Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder (#8), Kitten Clone by Douglas Coupland (#14) and The Freedom in American Songs by Kathleen Winter (#24).

To learn more about all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.ca/bestbooks.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Amazon.ca makes shopping more convenient with the introduction of its Same-Day Delivery option

Customers can order as late as noon, choose from a massive selection of popular items including holiday gifts and household necessities, and have orders delivered the same day, seven days a week

SEATTLE, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Amazon.ca introduced a new delivery option making it even more convenient to shop on Amazon.ca. Starting today, customers shipping to Toronto and Vancouver can browse a vast selection of items and receive Same-Day Delivery. With Same-Day Delivery, customers can place orders as late as noon and receive packages before 9 p.m. the same day, every day.

“We’re constantly working to speed up delivery times and introduce new services that make our customers’ lives easier,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca. “With Same-Day Delivery, customers in Toronto and Vancouver can conveniently take care of errands or complete holiday shopping in a day with just a few clicks, receive orders seven days a week and have what they need delivered to their home in a matter of hours.”

To make life easier for customers shipping to Toronto and Vancouver, Same-Day Delivery features:

  • Place Orders as Late as Noon: Customers can place orders as late as noon and receive packages before 9 p.m. the same day.
  • Per-Order Pricing for Prime Members: Amazon Prime members receive Same-Day Delivery for a flat fee of $6.99 per-order, allowing members to add additional Same-Day Delivery eligible items to their order at no additional shipping cost. Pricing for non-Prime customers is calculated by adding an $11.99 “Per Shipment” cost and a $1.99 “Per Item” cost for most items.
  • Receive Same-Day Orders Every Day: Customers can have orders delivered to their home seven days a week, including on the weekend.

More than One Million Eligible Items in Toronto; Hundreds of Thousands of Eligible Items in Vancouver
Amazon.ca has a massive selection of same-day eligible items including:

  • Holiday Shopping Done in a Day: From last-minute holiday gifts to holiday décor and entertaining needs, customers can find a wide selection of items to get ready for the busy holiday season.
  • New Releases: Find popular movies or video games, as well as many top electronics, gaming consoles and accessories.
  • Household Necessities: To prevent running low on everyday home essentials, Amazon.ca also has items like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and dish soap.
  • Pantry Essentials: Stock your pantry with your family’s favourite snacks, drinks and more.
  • Consumer Electronic Supplies: Accessories like HDMI cables and speakers are available to make setting up any new electronics easier.
  • Last-Minute Travel Needs: When packing for an upcoming trip, don’t worry about running low on travel must-haves like shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream or sunblock – find what you need and skip an eleventh hour trip to the store.

For more information about Same-Day Delivery or to browse a selection of popular Same-Day Delivery eligible items, visit www.amazon.ca/sameday.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Amazon.ca announces its 2014 Holiday Toy List featuring some of this season’s newest and popular toys

  • A curated list of top-rated and popular toys, the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy List is a one-stop destination where customers can explore holiday gifts for children of all ages
  • This holiday season, Amazon.ca will have twice as many toy deals than ever before with deals on top toy brands such as Melissa & Doug, Fisher-Price, VTech, Lalaloopsy, Monster High, Ravensburger and more

SEATTLE, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Today (October 20, 2014), Amazon.ca announced its 2014 Holiday Toy List (www.amazon.ca/holidaytoylist), featuring some of this season’s newest and popular toys. This year, the curated list includes more than 150 holiday toys – many of which are anticipated to be the most popular and kid-requested gifts this season. The list includes top toys from brands like Crayola, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Leapfrog and many more.

“Parents and kids alike are excited about the approaching holiday season. With the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy List, we’re making it easy for customers to discover the year’s most popular and wished for toys so they can find the perfect gift for every child in their life,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca. “This holiday season, we’re thrilled customers can take advantage of our wide selection, Free Super Saver Shipping or Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime and twice as many deals on toys than ever before.”

New this year, the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy List features curated gift ideas by category, including toys featured in hit films, top tech toys and more. Customers will also find helpful product information including editorial reviews, product recommendations, customer reviews and best sellers. Shoppers can also quickly narrow and expand toy search results and filter by age, category, gender, price range, brand or a child’s favourite character.

Toys of the Season: Many of the items featured on the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy list are expected to be on customers’ and children’s wish lists this holiday, including:

In the Movies
·         Playskool Heroes Transformers Optimus Primal Action Figure
·         Disney Frozen Sparkle Elsa Doll
·         Rabbids Super Plunger Blaster
·         Big Hero 6 11-Inch Deluxe Flying Baymax Action Figure
Wood & Recycled Toys
·         Green Toys Helicopter
·         Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set
·         Schleich Horse Stable with Accessories
Mom’s Picks
·         PlaySkool Elefun Busy Ball Popper
·         Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair
·         Barbie Collector 2014 Holiday Barbie
Innovation Toys
·         Leapfrog LeapBand Blue
·         LEGO Mindstorms
·         Fischertechnik Oeco Energy Set
·         VTech Kidizoon Smart Watch
Classic Brands
·         Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Bath Girl Doll
·         Barbie Dream House
·         Playmobil Red Serpent Pirate Ship
·         Lionel Polar Express G Gauge Train Set

Looking Back – 2013 Holiday Toy Hits: Last year, Amazon.ca unveiled the first ever Holiday Toy List. Many of the toys featured were some of the most popular gifts of the season. In fact, last holiday season:

  • Amazon.ca sold enough LEGO pieces to reach the length of the Whistler Bobsled course 125 times.
  • Customers ordered enough Jenga games, that when each Jenga piece is stacked on top of each other, they would reach of the top of Niagara Falls 15 times.
  • Amazon.ca customers purchased enough Barbie Dream Houses to fill an Air Canada CRJ airplane 1.5 times.
  • Amazon.ca customers purchased enough Big Hugs Elmos that when stacked head to toe would reach the top of the Calgary Tower more than 5 times.
  • Amazon.ca customers purchased enough Barbie dolls that when stacked head to toe would reach the top of Mont Tremblant. And, the Canada edition of the Barbie Dolls of the World accounted for more than one-quarter of all Barbies purchased on Amazon.ca.
  • The total weight of Play-Doh purchased by Amazon.ca customers would equate to the weight of more than 350 Canada geese.
  • Amazon.ca sold enough Furbys to have 10 standing guard in each of the 150 lighthouses in Nova Scotia.

Most items on the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy List are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping and Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime so customers can have gifts delivered to their doorstep in time for the holidays.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.