Amazon Reportedly Readying Local Services Marketplace

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Amazon is reportedly going to launch a new local services marketplace later in the year, which would simultaneously compete with review sites like Yelp and home improvement chains like Lowe's and Home Depot.

This is according to Reuters, which cites several people familiar with the matter, and says they'll test it in one market before rolling it out throughout the U.S. They've reportedly already reached out to some Seattle and San Francisco-area business (some in the home repair market).

This would be only one of several initiatives, which would see Amazon greatly expanding the way people receive goods and services. In April, the company unveiled Prime Pantry, a new grocery service that lets Prime members in available markets order from about 2,000 grocery products.

That's in addition to the Amazon Fresh same-day grocery delivery service the company operates.

It was also recently reported that the company is working on its own delivery network, which would make less reliant on services like UPS and FedEx. Then there's that whole drone thing.

CEO Jeff Bezos said in April that Amazon is working on its 7th and 8th-generation models of Amazon Prime Air drones.

Adding local businesses into the mix will only make Amazon more all encompassing. Last month, by the way, they added Sunday delivery to fifteen more locations.

You can get a lot of things on Amazon as it is. Soon, you'll be able to add babysitters and handymen to the list, if Reuters' report holds water.

It's unclear if the new service would tie into Amazon's existing Amazon Local service, which focuses on deals.

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