Amazon gets big in toy warehousing

Its online future is distribution

Amazon has announced a 10-year deal with Toys R Us in which it will market toys and baby goods. Amazon has rarely done any deals with companies that aren't Net-based and analysts reckon the deal demonstrates that both companies are finding the online toy market hard-going.

Amazon will run the website, order fulfilment and customer service - basically making use of all that investment it has made in warehousing. Toys R Us will assume the inventory risk which is good for Amazon as it got seriously burned at Christmas with write downs of unsold toys.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, says the company is up for deals with other retailers other sectors and is probably heading towards being a web savvy UPS style distribution business.



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The company has also revealed it has 150,000 people waiting to sign up for its unmetered internet access service. ®

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