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Deliveroo: Amazon Invests in UK-based Food Delivery Platform

The business expanded to the UK in 2016 but within two years the venture was killed by competition coming from other brands like Uber Eats and Deliveroo

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Expanding its efforts into the online food-delivery market, Amazon led a $575 million investment in London-based food delivery company Deliveroo, which was once of interest to Uber and Uber Eats.

“Amazon is set to be the largest investor in Deliveroo’s Series G funding round and Deliveroo is raising a total of $575 million with participation from Amazon,” the London-based company wrote in a blog-post on Friday. “This takes the total Deliveroo has raised to date to $1.53 billion.”

Deliveroo operates in 14 countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and the UAE, working with around 80,000 restaurants, 60,000 delivery persons and 2,500 permanent employees.

With this investment, Amazon intensifies its competition with Uber Eats, given that in 2018 Uber was interested in buying Deliveroo outright, but talks stalled after the two companies failed to agree on a valuation, The Verge reported.

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“We’re impressed with Deliveroo’s approach, and their dedication to providing customers with an ever increasing selection of great restaurants along with convenient delivery options,” Deliveroo’s blog quoted Doug Gurr, Country Manager, Amazon UK, as saying.

Amazon has been looking into establishing itself in the food business for a while now, however, it remains unclear exactly how Amazon plans to club Deliveroo’s services to align with its own.

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Earlier in 2015, Amazon launched “Amazon Restaurants” — its own takeaway service in the US.

The business expanded to the UK in 2016 but within two years the venture was killed by competition coming from other brands like Uber Eats and Deliveroo. (IANS)

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Now Pay Bills on Amazon Pay While Speaking to Alexa

Once approved, Alexa will complete the transaction using Amazon Pay, and send a notification to the customer's registered mobile phone number, confirming the transaction

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The integration of Amazon Pay with Alexa will help reduce both time and effort for customers who use Amazon Pay for bill payments and repeat similar transactions every month. Pixabay

In an India-first feature, Amazon on Wednesday announced that users can now pay their utility bills with Amazon Pay just by speaking to its digital assistant Alexa in the country.

The new Alexa feature supports payment of bills across categories such as electricity, water, post-paid mobile, cooking gas, broadband, DTH and more.

Users of Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick and other devices with Alexa built-in, can just give commands such as “Alexa, pay my mobile bill” or “Alexa, pay my electricity bill” to get started.

“The integration of Amazon Pay with Alexa will help reduce both time and effort for customers who use Amazon Pay for bill payments and repeat similar transactions every month.

“We are excited to share that this is an India-first feature which Alexa customers in India can enjoy before any other international customers,” Puneesh Kumar, Country Manager for Alexa Experiences and Devices, said in a statement.

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The new Alexa feature supports payment of bills across categories such as electricity, water, post-paid mobile, cooking gas, broadband, DTH and more for Amazon Pay. Pixabay

Alexa will retrieve the amount due for bills from their registered Amazon account and ask for customer confirmation before processing the payment. Customers can enable a voice pin on the Alexa app to make transactions more secure.

Once approved, Alexa will complete the transaction using Amazon Pay, and send a notification to the customer’s registered mobile phone number, confirming the transaction.

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Alexa will also send a link to register their bill details on the Amazon shopping app before proceeding for the payment, said the company. (IANS)