Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is planning to launch the grocery delivery service in France. The US-based e-commerce giant intends to expand its grocery retail business across the globe. Last year, the company acquired the Whole Foods in the US, which stirred speculations that the firm could be targeting European market. In 2016, Amazon also launched Amazon Fresh thus marking a new step for the company to become the leading in the grocery sector.
According to Systeme U, a privately held French supermarket, plans are underway to strike the grocery supply deal with Amazon though the agreement is yet to materialize. The company is slowly building its presence in France and has its Prime Now express delivery service in Paris that has been in operation since 2016.
Meanwhile, Amazon has launched a new toolset Alexas Skills Kit (ASK) for skill developers. The tool is a free repository of sound clips that can the developers can use to expand the skills that they create for company’s smart assistant. The skills are in 14 different categories: Ambiaence, Animal, Battle, Cartoon, Home, Human, Impact, Office, Transportation, Foley, Magic, Nature, and SciFi. Each category has unique features of a wide range of stock sounds with codes that allows each developer to use their skill’s code.
According to the company, the sound snippets enhances the developers skills such as using the applause when one answers a trivia query correctly, adding ambiance to a story and much more.
Amazon promised to create more than 2,00 job opportunities in France and it has successfully settled disputes that have existed for a long time with the French tax authorities that have claimed over 200 million euros from Amazon.
According to Bruno Le Maire, French Finance Minister, Amazon is greatly welcome to operate in France since its presence represents thousands of job opportunities for the citizens. In addition, partnerships are underway between Amazon and a few French groups in the food sector, which will increase revenue avenues and jobs.
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