Retail news round-up on July 17, 2014: Amazon improves Prime delivery, Ebay quarterly revenues surge 13% and Tesco apologises after Ramadan controversy
Amazon Prime customers to benefit from two-day delivery service within EU
More than three million products stored in Amazon’s European Fulfilment Centres will be made available for two-day delivery for UK customers by the end of this year, the Telegraph reported. Prime customers in Britain will automatically qualify for Two-Day Delivery on these products at no additional charge.
Amazon.co.uk customers can currently select from more than 120 million different products on the site. This includes products stored by Amazon in the UK, products stored by Amazon in its other European Fulfilment Centres and products listed by tens of thousands of businesses via Amazon Marketplace.
EBay quarterly revenues surge 13%
EBay’s second quarter revenues jumped 13% year-on-year to $4.37bn (£2.55bn), helped by its fast-growing PayPal business, Reuters reported. Total payment volume leaped a better-than-expected 29% in the period. The online retailer forecast third-quarter revenue of $4.3bn to $4.4bn.
Tesco apologises after Muslim cashier refuses to serve goods during Ramadan
Tesco has apologised after a Muslim till operator refused to serve a customer buying ham and wine because it was Ramadan, Daily Mail. The cashier at the Tesco Express store told Julie Cottle to use the self- service tills instead. He said he refused to serve her because it was the holy month of Ramadan and he was fasting. Tesco said the worker had been ‘spoken to’.