Austria: Regulator launches probe into Amazon

Austria: Regulator launches probe into Amazon

Austria’s competition authority has initiated an investigation against Amazon on suspicion that it had violated Austrian and European antitrust law, it said on Thursday. The regulator said it would examine terms and conditions under which the US firm grants Austrian retailers access to its marketplace. “There is a suspicion that Amazon puts other retailers on […]

Germany: Amazon Dash Button breaks consumer law

Germany: Amazon Dash Button breaks consumer law

A court in Germany handed down a harsh ruling about Amazon’s Dash buttons on Thursday, January 10, according to a report from Reuters. The court stated the Dash buttons, which are small, Wi-Fi-connected devices that reorder items like laundry detergent and coffee, breaks consumer protection legislation because it doesn’t give consumers enough information about the […]

US: Amazon considers Sears Stores for Whole Foods expansion

US: Amazon considers Sears Stores for Whole Foods expansion

Amazon has its eyes on expansion for its Whole Foods brand in closed Sears and Kmart stores, according to a report by Yahoo! Finance. The recent woes of Sears and other struggling retailers are seen as an opportunity for the online retail giant. Sources told Yahoo! that the company is visiting sites of now defunct […]

Israel: Amazon buys CloudEndure

Israel: Amazon buys CloudEndure

Israeli cloud computing start-up CloudEndure has been acquired by Amazon Web Services (AWS), reported Reuters. The deal is estimated to be worth US$200-$250 million. “CloudEndure is now an Amazon Web Services company,” the start-up announced on its website. “CloudEndure is now an AWS company. This acquisition expands our ability to deliver innovative and flexible migration, […]

India: CCI seeks details from Samara Capital on Amazon

India: CCI seeks details from Samara Capital on Amazon

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has sought details from Samara Capital on Amazon’s role in acquiring Aditya Birla Retail’s supermarket chain More to find out if the deal is in accordance with the center’s revised foreign direct investment (FDI) policy, The Economic Times reported, citing sources. The sources told the paper that the CCI […]

Austria: Gov may join Amazon “dual role” probe

Austria: Gov may join Amazon “dual role” probe

Austrian retailers have filed a complaint against Amazon with their national competition authority over the US e-commerce giant’s dual role as a retailer and a marketplace. The European Commission and Germany’s antitrust authority are also looking into Amazon’s role in the market. “We have received a complaint. We are examining it,” a spokeswoman for Austria’s […]

Japan: Antitrust watchdog to study tech giants

Japan: Antitrust watchdog to study tech giants

The Fair Trade Commission has decided to launch a massive survey in January into the business practices of internet technology giants, a senior lawmaker said Wednesday. The planned survey is designed to learn how four large firms that provide online search and shopping services, Google, Apple, Facebook  and Amazon.com, conduct business and how best to […]

Austria: Retailers file antitrust complaint against Amazon

Austria: Retailers file antitrust complaint against Amazon

Austrian retailers have filed a complaint against Amazon with their national competition authority over the US e-commerce giant’s dual role as a retailer and a marketplace. The European Commission and Germany’s antitrust authority are also looking into Amazon’s role in the market. A spokesman for Amazon declined to comment. “We have received a complaint. We […]

US: NY To Amazon: we support your new HQ

US: NY To Amazon: we support your new HQ

In a poll of New Yorkers on whether they support or oppose Amazon’s plans to build a new headquarters in the Long Island City area of Queens, the majority said they support Amazon, according to a report by Reuters. They do have some trepidations, however, as polled residents were split over the finer points of […]

Germany: Antitrust regulator opens probe into Amazon

Germany: Antitrust regulator opens probe into Amazon

The Federal Cartel Office, Germany’s antitrust authority, has rolled out an inquiry into Amazon and whether or not it is using its dominance in the market to harm third-party retailers that sell products through its website as a marketplace member. According to a report in Reuters citing the regulator, the Federal Cartel Office announced Thursday, […]

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