Amazon Prime launches in Mexico – MarketWatch










MEXICO CITY — Amazon.com Inc. on Tuesday launched Amazon Prime in Mexico, raising its profile in a country where at least a half-dozen companies are competing for market share.

Mexico is the 13th country where Amazon












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  is offering the premium membership service. For an annual fee of 449 pesos, or about $23, Mexican Prime members will have access to free, one-day delivery in four of Mexico’s largest cities — Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla and Querétaro — and free, two-day shipping in the rest of the country.

The move also makes millions of products from Amazon’s U.S. distribution centers available to Mexican shoppers with free shipping that will take about a week to reach them, with no minimum order price. Amazon Prime also includes free, streaming video service in Mexico similar to the one Amazon offers to Prime members in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Amazon entered Mexico when online retailers are competing for market share. This week, Argentine e-retailer MercadoLibre Inc.












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 , Amazon’s biggest competitor in Mexico and often described as Latin America’s eBay.com, said it would invest more than $100 million in Mexico to expand free shipping, payment processing, purchase protection and a points-based rewards program.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

















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