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Sorry Amazon, in Singapore people love to go shopping

Web store has been operating Prime Now for about three months


As pushes into Southeast Asia with a new venture into Singapore, the online retailer is facing some tough hurdles. Shopping in air-conditioned malls is practically a national sport, and e-commerce rivals moved in long ago. Delivery delays also marred Amazon’s debut in July, when on-the-ground operations began with Prime Now two-hour deliveries. Even when including orders placed on its main US website, Amazon lags behind local web store Lazada and its parent, Alibaba Group Holding. For the island country’s consumers, a store or a shopping centre is ...

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 21:56 IST