Amazon seems to be going from strength to strength in its expansion plans by offering an instalation service on many of the products it sells through its website amazon.co.uk and other services.
For customers ordering a Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Dishwasher, Electric and Gas Oven and Range Installation to name a few. A typical washing machine install to an existing position is being charged at £60.00 with no removal of packaging or the old machine.
Other maintenance, cleaning and assembly services are also offered. It seems from our checks that not many postcodes are covered at present, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Midlands, Southend, Reading, Slough, Southampton, Watford, Medway, Colchester, Chelmsford, Guildford being the only postcode we could obtain a price on. Other areas will become available as service providers get involved.
Customers pay the installer for the service upon a satisfactory install which could mean an opportunity of service companies out there looking to take on more work.
From what we can see on their web site here, there are no up front costs to sell your services through Amazon but they do charge you up to 20% per sale.
Commenting in the ERT, on the move, Scott Webster, general manager of Amazon Home Services Europe, said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding Amazon Home Services to the UK as a simple way to book trusted, service professionals. Following our successful launch in the US, customers have told us they love the convenience and peace of mind that comes with trusted, professional installation of their products. We’re delighted to be able to offer this same experience to UK customers through a network of handpicked, local tradespeople and service providers.”
Will this be another nail in the high street retailers coffin as sales are moving more online or are bricks and mortar retailers going to have to offer more in an attempt to retain customers.