Amazon launches Prime membership for S'pore

Amazon launches Prime membership in Singapore amid SE Asia push; stops free shipping option

Now that they have made it accessible for Singaporeans, members get to watch shows on its award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like the highly-anticipated second season of The Grand Tour, which will premiere on 8 December.

But for a limited period, it goes for $2.99 a month, although Amazon did not specify for how long.

Amazon.com today launched its subscription-based Prime service in Singapore that provides access to fast shipping, streaming and gaming, intensifying competition with incumbent rival Alibaba-backed Lazada in Southeast Asia.

The move to add Handmade goods to its list of items eligible for speedy Prime Now delivery should help artisans score a few more orders in the run up to Christmas, and give truly last-minute shoppers the chance to secure delivery right up until 11.59 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Amazon said in a release.

Lazada, the region's largest e-commerce site, launched its own membership programme in April called LiveUp in anticipation of Amazon's entry to Singapore, and the company said it now has "hundreds of thousands" of members.

According The Straits Times, Singapore is the 16th country and the first in Southeast Asia to enjoy this service.

He added that Prime membership is "country-specific and not-transferable" so those with United States memberships are unable to use it locally, and that he encouraged Singaporeans "to leverage the Prime membership package developed specifically for Singapore". Starting from this week, in any case, it is putting forth its full Prime package which incorporates the free global transporting on orders of over SG$40 and memberships to its Prime Video administration and Prime Twitch advertising. Benefits offered include rebates and discounts for online supermarket RedMart, Netflix and Uber. Furthermore, items that previously shipped free to Singapore using AmazonGlobal Saver are not available, or are shipped separately but with fees. "Whether Amazon will be able to retain them and turn them into loyal customers will depend on the consistency of its service quality and if Amazon can provide more value to their customers that they are otherwise unable to get from other retailers". "We will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits".

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