On Amazon now you can add tradies to shopping cart
Installation help service launches
Amazon launches local services
Amazon launches local services
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Services offer range from installation of hardware to repair of computers
Wall Street Journal
US publication The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting that US online retailer Amazon has added "handymen" to the long list of items and services it provides.

Shoppers in a number of US cities will beexposed to the tradie offer after purchasing items, such as ceiling fans, that may require installations services. The installation businesses will be able to have their own product pages on Amazon, as well as a way for customers to book a time for a service.

Cities in which the offer is available include most of t he major centres in California, Miami FL, parts of Georgia, Wichita KS, Lexington KY, New York City, Houston and San Antonio TX, Seattle WA and Green Bay WI.

The WSJ reports that the listings service is called "Amazon Local Services". What sets it apart from a number of other such services is that Amazon is offering a money-back guarantee, with the company claiming it does background checks on providers. The services would also be exposed to Amazon's star rating system and customer reviews. Currently shoppers can click through to the ratings service Yelp to read those reviews of prospective services.

The handymen would pay Amazon 20% of the fee charged for services costing under US$1000, and 15% on services costing over US$1000.

The potential services listed on amazon.com iclude everything from bicycle assembly to data recovery from computers, to sink replacement, toilet installation and light switch replacement.

The service echoes many of the features of Seattle startup Pro.com, in which the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is an investor.
Wall Street Journal
Amazon services offering
Amazon expands in US home repair market
The world's largest online retailer, US-based Amazon, is expanding a trial program which enables customers to order home improvement services via its website.

The trial began in 2012 in Seattle, Washington state, where Amazon is based. It has now expanded to the two largest US cities, New York and Los Angeles.

The US home repair market is estimated to be worth US$400 billion a year. Amazon estimates that its customers are already spending around US$22 billion a year in off-line purchases. Services are simply added to the familiar Amazon shopping cart, and processed in the same way as any other order.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 | 07:37
Pro.com has attracted US$14 million in fresh venture capital funding
Increased investment in Pro.com
Pro.com, the Seattle startup that can make it easier to find home improvement specialists, from plumbers and electricians to roofers and landscapers, has attracted US$14 million in fresh funding from venture capital firms Madrona Venture Group and Maveron. The funding follows a US$3.5 million round that Pro.com announced in May, which included participation from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Sherpa Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. Pro.com is led by Matt Williams who sold another startup LiveBid to Amazon.com in 1999. Porch.com is touting a new way for home owners to find home improvement professionals online. The company said that over US$140 million worth of home improvement projects have flowed through the site in the past few months. It will use the fresh funding to continue to grow its national customer base and add more home service professionals to its marketplace.
Sat, 4 Oct 2014 | 03:26

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