Amazon To Roll Out Local Services Marketplace Sometime This Year
According to Reuters’ unnamed sources, Amazon wants to become a middleman between consumers and those providing services--”anything from babysitters to handymen to birthday clowns”--not completely unlike what Yelp and Angie’s List offer. The service would start in a single market and expand from there, assuming demand is sufficient and logistics work out.
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Reuters says that Amazon has been talking to startups that offer similar services such as Thumbtack.
It’s an interesting and probably wise tactic for Amazon to explore, as it would add significant value to the products it sells--buy a widget on Amazon and with the next click, hire someone to install it.