Over the past month, Amazon has launched a one-hour delivery service and received approval to test drones in hopes of adding unmanned delivery services. But the online retail giant isn’t stopping there.
“Amazon Home Services” is the name of the company’s latest venture, which became available on Monday. A press release describes the “new marketplace for on-demand professional services”:
Customers can now browse, purchase and schedule hundreds of professional services from wall mounting a new TV to installing a new garbage disposal to house cleaning, directly on Amazon.com. Amazon Home Services features handpicked pros offering upfront pricing on pre-packaged services with helpful reviews from customers that have made verified purchases. Amazon’s Happiness Guarantee backs all service purchases, so customers know the job will get done right.
The Amazon Home Services store currently includes more than 2 million unique service offers across more than 700 types of professional services, according to Amazon. It’s available in major metropolitan areas across the U.S., although that primarily means New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle for now.
Adding services to its inventory helps Amazon compete in new areas, The Associated Press reports:
Amazon.com’s move poses a potential threat to other online referral and business rating services, including Angie’s List, Yelp and Thumbtack, a startup that raised $100 million last year from a group of backers led by an investment arm of Google Inc.
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