For those who subscribe to it, they are given free delivery options, and also faster delivery options, as well as access to a host of other services like Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, and more.
Sandy Shen, e-commerce research director at Gartner, was unimpressed with Amazon's Prime program in China, saying competitors are already offering free shipping for overseas goods without annual membership fees.
In China, the Amazon Prime service will cost 388 yuan ($58) for the one year membership. Chinese Prime members will get unlimited free shipping on orders that cost more than 200 yuan (around $29.50) on millions of eligible goods (domestic and overseas).
Amazon Prime Membership Program For China Unveiled
Amazon is looking to give Alibaba and JD.com a run for the money on their home turf. Alibaba, whose upcoming day Singles Day expected to break all the records, owns more than 70% of China's e-commerce market share. Free domestic shipping requires no minimum purchase. The service helps Amazon maintain customer loyalty.
In the United States and other countries, the Amazon Prime membership not only offers fast free shipping but also access to TV shows, movies and ebooks. China does not allow foreign media to operate freely in the country and video rival Netflix recently admitted that it saw no prospect of being allowed to enter China in the near future. Earlier this year, the Chinese government banned the mobile entertainment services-iBooks and iTunes Movies stores of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). The Amazon Prime service is now available in 12 countries. However, in China where local shoppers are loyal to the home based Alibaba Group, it will be hard for Amazon to expect glory in the short amount of time.
Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky told analysts during the company's third quarter earnings call that India is hard to compare to any other country.
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