Amazon offers prime membership service for free global shipping and video streaming

Yahoo file

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Singapore is the 16th country - and the first in South-east Asia - to launch Amazon Prime, which gives members perks such as free shipping and access to other services for a monthly or yearly fee.

The Amazon Prime service includes member benefits such as, fast shipping, streaming, and gaming.

The free two-hour delivery on orders over SGD40, between 10am and 10pm daily via the Prime Now app, will also apply to Prime members.

Prime members will also be able to access content in Prime Video and Twitch Prime.

The Prime membership here costs $8.99 per month.

So long as orders are $60 or more, Singapore Prime subscribers will be able to order a choice from over 5 million items shipped from Amazon US.

The online retailer will offer Amazon Handmade products through its two-hour delivery service Prime Now, which normally carries household convenience items found in drugstores. But for a limited period, it will go for $2.99 a month, although Amazon did not specify for how long.

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An Amazon customer service officer contacted through the website's live chat function on Tuesday (Dec 5) said that free shipping to Singapore ended on Monday (Dec 4).

But administrative assistant J. Tan, 38, said he was disappointed that items he had been eyeing, such as the Nintendo Switch game console, are not available through the Prime Now app and no longer qualify for free shipping on the United States store.

Today, 6 November, Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Prime in Singapore. "Customers in Singapore have been enjoying ultra-fast delivery with Prime Now since July, and now, the introduction of Amazon Prime will take their shopping experience to the next level", said Jamil Ghani, vice president, Amazon Prime global.

Amazon's offering, available in Austin, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and its hometown of Seattle, will help it win last-minute craft shoppers and the artisans eager to reach them.

Amazon has just extended its e-commerce tendrils even deeper into the Singapore market.

The launch of this service here is due to the strong response and adoption of the Prime Now app in the past few months.

Amazon Prime International's vice-president Jamil Ghani said more benefits will be added over time for Prime membership here.

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