Here’s another story that probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but we’re hearing that colossal online retailer Amazon had a super-fantastic holiday period, with millions of people buying millions and millions of things.
Perhaps the most interesting thing as far as mobile goes is the continued growth of Amazon Prime, something that might well come into play should the Seattle-based crew go down the mobile phone route.
This juicy press release on Business Wire details various Amazon Christmas achievements. The average Amazon Mayday response time, for example, was just nine seconds on Christmas day, a whole six seconds above target.
We’re also told how a Plantronics Audio 655 USB Multimedia Headset in Frustration Free Packaging was ordered at 12:26pm PST on Christmas Eve, and delivered before 4pm that same day.
As for Amazon Prime, it dominates the press release, with no less than 19 mentions throughout.
In the third week of December alone, a whopping one million new members signed up to Prime, with Amazon forced to limit new applications to ensure the service wasn’t disrupted.
Furthermore, the number of Prime products delivered across the season equates to more than one item per household across the US.
“Amazon Prime membership continues to grow, and we now have tens of millions of members worldwide. They benefit from all-you-can-eat free two-day shipping on millions of eligible items and our members have a voracious appetite,” boasts Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.
“We are extremely grateful to our customers around the world and wish everyone the very best for the coming year."
Of course, Amazon Prime - and its associated media content - is widely tipped to feature heavily in the inevitable Amazon smartphone push, as the Seattle guys look to carve a niche in the cutthroat market.
While it’s been rumoured for some time, the consensus seems to be that the Amazon smartphone will launch at some point in 2014. Probably.