Amazon released its annual UK trends report this week, recapping some of its initiatives in 2017. It also revealed some bestselling products in a wide range of categories, bringing home just how diverse its offerings have become, from its video content to its new Find fashion label as well as its hardware and Dash buttons.
The report includes sections on its third-party selling Marketplace as wells as Launchpad and its Handmade marketplace:
“Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are not only the backbone of the UK economy, but are also at the heart of Amazon’s business. Half of all sales on Amazon’s global sites are by third party businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace.
“Amazon has created a suite of support tools to help businesses export their products overseas, including managing currency exchange, local translations and global delivery and distribution. Of the tens of thousands of British businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace, over 60 per cent of them export around the world.”
Amazon described its operational growth in the UK in the following paragraph from the report, one of the only places where it provides hard numbers:
“We’re on track to create 5,000 full-time jobs this year, taking our total UK workforce to over 24,000, and we made a further announcement that we plan to open two new fulfilment centres in 2018 in Bristol and Bolton. We recently opened a development centre in Cambridge with space for 400 people, and this summer we opened the doors to our new UK Head Office at Principal Place in Shoreditch. The new building doubles the capacity of our London Development Centre from 450 to 900 high-tech staff, as well as housing other corporate roles from across the company.”
You can download the report from the press release section of the UK site.