Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

The Amazon shopping app is now more international-friendly

The Amazon shopping app is now more international-friendly

"We are always innovating on behalf of our customers, and with today's launch, we are making the shopping experience on mobile devices even better and more convenient for our customers who live outside the United States", said Samir Kumar, VP of Amazon Exports and Expansion. They can further customize their experience by setting their preferred language and currency.

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The company's new worldwide shopping feature makes more than 45 million items to global customers. While a local Amazon app is present in several countries, but it doesn't always let users purchase products outside their home markets - which essentially makes it hard for people to buy products sold by Amazon in the US.

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Amazon announced a new feature today that makes it easier for global users to import goods from the United States. "The International Shopping experience displays clear pricing, shipping costs, and import duty estimates, with Amazon coordinating with courier services for customs clearance on behalf of the customer so there are no surprises at the time of purchase or delivery", the company claimed in a statement. Luckily, I was able to order the exact item via the Amazon UK store and had it shipped to him directly, but man, I have to say, it was kind of a hassle. This new streamlined feature could compel a larger group of global consumers to turn to Amazon over other retailers when looking for products. Those products are then exported from the U.S. According to Reuters, which earlier reported on the move, Amazon customers will be able to buy more than 45 million products now available in the company's U.S. store.

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Amazon will handle all the shipping requirements for the service, which is available in 25 different currencies and five languages. Last year, the company introduced its Echo smart speakers and Music Unlimited streaming service to 28 more countries.

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