The global pandemic has encouraged many of our favourite brands to crank up their e-commerce presence, and today sees Amazon opening its virtual doors in Saudi Arabia, with a mission to support local businesses, celebrate women in the workforce, and keep Saudi shoppers safe.
Dr. Rafid bin Amin Fatani, Amazon’s Head of Public Policy in Africa and the Middle East, announced: “The Amazon.sa launch reaffirms our commitment to customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As we launch today, thousands of Saudi businesses use Amazon.sa to reach their customers and we look forward to growing this number further in the coming years.”
In addition to three fulfillment centres and 11 delivery stations across Saudi Arabia, from Arar to Jazan, Mecca to Dammam and a new fulfillment centre in Jeddah has opened creating 1,400 new jobs. Dr Fatani adds, "I am particularly proud that Saudi women make up approximately 40 per cent of the workforce at our newest Jeddah facility."
Of course, no conversation about any launch in the age of coronavirus would be complete without a discussion about how the brand plans to keep us safe, and in accordance with safety measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, safety measures in place include: increased cleaning; masks, gloves and temperature checks for the Amazon workforce; and physical distancing practices.
Saudi shoppers can browse a dizzying 34 categories, including fashion, hair care, perfumes and beauty, electronics, home and kitchen, and groceries in English and Arabic; expect free next day delivery on any orders above SAR200, and same-day delivery in selected areas of the Kingdom; and can pay by Mada, Visa and Mastercard, cash on delivery and even in installments from selected KSA banks. Shop now on Amazon.sa, or by downloading the Amazon app and selecting Saudi Arabia from the settings.
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