Amazon has launched Amazon.sa, a dedicated store for customers in Saudi Arabia that features millions of products from both local and international businesses, including products from Amazon US. Customers can now shop across 34 categories, including electronics, apparel, home and kitchen and grocery, on Amazon.sa.
Built upon Amazon’s existing investments in Souq.com, customers in Saudi Arabia are now able to shop on Amazon.sa in Arabic and English by using the Amazon shopping app or by visiting www.amazon.sa.
“Today marks a key milestone in Amazon’s promise to customers and businesses across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With Amazon.sa, we want to provide what customers have been asking us for: the ability to shop a broader selection of both local products and international goods from Amazon. Partnering closely with our local and global sellers, we will continue to delight customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by growing our product range while ensuring great prices, fast delivery and a convenient and trusted shopping experience,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, vice president of Amazon MENA and co-founder of Souq.com.
Customers shopping on Amazon.sa will enjoy free next day delivery on orders above SAR200, as well as the option of paid same-day delivery to select areas in Saudi Arabia. Shoppers can pay in Saudi Riyal using local and international debit and credit cards, in addition to the option of cash on delivery (COD) and instalments from select Saudi banks.
“This new partnership with Amazon will only serve to strengthen the Kingdom’s digital transformation in the payments sector. Amazon is one of the largest e-commerce companies and the partnership will encourage Saudi consumers to continue the move towards digital payments,” added Ziyad bin Bandar Al-Yousef, managing director, Saudi Payments.
Amazon is building a local logistics and operations network spanning the Kingdom, and already operates three fulfilment centres and 11 delivery stations across Saudi Arabia, from Arar to Jazan, Mecca to Dammam and a new fulfilment centre in Jeddah, with a workforce of more than 1,400.
“I am particularly proud that Saudi women make up approximately 40% of the workforce at our newest 226,000-sqft Jeddah facility. We will continue innovating for customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and supporting local businesses as we bring them closer to their customers through our advanced logistics networks,” stated Dr. Rafid bin Amin Fatani, Amazon’s head of public policy in Africa and the Middle East.
Amazon has been working with the Saudi Post since 2019 to enhance its last mile capabilities. As Souq.com becomes Amazon.sa, Saudi Post will continue to be a strategic delivery partner for the company in the coming period.
Saudi businesses of all sizes can now begin selling their products on Amazon.sa with access to easy listing tools, payment processing, promotional features to help them get discovered by customers, and simplified logistics solutions with Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA).
Moreover, as communities in Saudi Arabia and around the world integrate physical distancing into different aspects of their daily lives, Amazon recognises the importance of facilitating online shopping.
“In the past few months, many customers have turned to online shopping to find their everyday needs. We are committed to doing everything we can to support our customers, and to keep our employees and customers safe. We are using our ability to innovate quickly to support people’s needs, while investing to unlock growth opportunities for local businesses,” Mouchawar concluded.
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