The easy answer is, yes. The slightly more complicated answer, almost.
Multiple reports say that the e-commerce company plans to launch a marketplace for local services later this year. It will likely rival other sites such as Thumbtacks, Angie’s List and Yelp.
According to Reuters, Amazon wants to gauge demand and test logistics before rolling the local service out nationwide. This is a similar approach to what Amazon did with its grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh.
“Offering local services on Amazon’s website has been a goal of Chief Executive Jeff Bezos for years,” the news source said. “He personally invested in Pro.com, a Seattle-based startup, founded by former Amazon executive Matt Williams, which helps customers find contractors and estimate the costs of home repair and improvement projects.”
Amazon however, did not give a comment on the matter to Reuters.
TechCrunch also recently discussed the move, and added that it will likely be a gradual expansion, but the service will eventually go global. The news source added that Amazon is also weighing the possibility of acquiring companies to expand in services.
Just earlier this week, Amazon received a bit of a blow when the FAA announced that drone delivery would not be an option for Amazon delivery.
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