As previously reported, Amazon is shutting down Amazon Local, its daily deals service, which the company launched in 2011 at the height of the daily deals boom.
That service will completely shut down on December 18 at which point it will no longer sell daily deals at local.amazon.com or through the Amazon Local app. People who have already purchased vouchers, however, will still be able to utilize those. You can still buy deals as usual until that date.
It turns out that Amazon is also shutting down Amazon Register, its competitor to Square (h/t: Re/code).
This product hasn't been around as long. It launched in the summer of last year as Amazon Local Register. Like Square, it enabled local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet.
The app that went with it offered reporting tools so businesses could track their bottom line performance, sales trends, peak sales times, etc.
A message on the Amazon Register site says:
Effective October 30, 2015, we are no longer accepting new customers. Existing customers can continue to use Amazon Register until February 1, 2016. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.
Shutting down both of these services should contribute significantly to Amazon's cost-saving efforts, which it discussed in a recent earnings call.
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