Freshly Squeezed: 10.09.19

Ally Feiam By Ally Feiam | 10 Sep 2019

Kogan launches Kogan Energy and Amazon launches its first Home & Garden service to Australia. Get a healthy dose of news as we uncover the day’s top stories in e-commerce and retail.

Kogan Energy Goes Live to the Public

Kogan has launches Kogan Energy to the public. The energy platform aims to compete directly against some of the biggest names in Australia. The service aims to alleviate those who may ‘potentially pay up to 29 per cent less than the highest prices in the market and up to 18 per cent less than the reference price on their annual energy bills, putting money back in the hip-pockets of hard-working Aussies’, said the company.

“Kogan.com works tirelessly to deliver better value to Aussies on essential goods and services that are part of everyday life. Kogan Energy is helping Aussies keep more of their hard-earned money by delivering exceptional prices on these vital services. This is complemented by an easy-to-use online platform and mobile app to help people monitor and take control of their energy usage,” explained David Shafer, the Executive Director at Kogan.

Kathmandu Could Be the Largest B Corp Company in ANZ

Kathmandu my become the largest B Corp company in ANZ. It is the first publicly listed B Corp company in New Zealand, and the ‘first outdoor apparel and equipment retailer in both Australia and New Zealand to become part of the global ethical business movement for a more sustainable and inclusive economy’, said the brand. “The B Corp certification is a milestone achievement for the company and reflects Kathmandu’s exceptional record in sustainability leadership which has been fundamental to our success,” explained Kathmandu CEO Xavier Simonet. “Sustainability is part of Kathmandu’s DNA and is integral to our entire operation, from our supply chain to our materials and products and our operational footprint.”

Alibaba Cloud Academy Launches Cricket, Wickets and Analytics Challenge

Alibaba Cloud Academy has launched the Cricket, Wickets and Analytics Challenge content to raise awareness around cloud intelligence and how it can be applied with sport, even by ‘novice users’. “As we head into summer and cricket season in Australia, we’re excited to launch this new and timely initiative that we’re confident will help nurture young talent in cloud computing and artificial intelligence. By tapping into a favourite Australian sport and past time, we hope to share our strong technical knowledge and in turn, help Australia grow a talent pool in cloud technology,” explained Raymond Ma, Alibaba Cloud General Manager for Australia and New Zealand. The contest runs from the 10th of September to the 11th of October and is open to contestants who have completed the basic course on Alibaba Cloud Academy.

Amazon Launches Home & Garden Service

Amazon is directly competing against Bunnings with the launch of its new home and garden platform. The service will sell pool supplies, BBQs, gardening tools and outdoor furniture. “Our garden store adds to the over 125 million products already available on Amazon Australia, underscored by great value and fast delivery,” explained Rocco Braeuniger, the Country Manager at Amazon Australia. This service will deliver its products (big and small) to the door of its customers; those who have an Amazon Prime membership are offered a guaranteed two-day delivery service and free shipping. In retaliation to the announcement, Mike Schneider, the Managing Director at Bunnnisg said: “Having our team of experts in-store means we are also able to offer great service to run alongside our online transaction capability. We typically find that many of our online customers like to head into store to pick their items up.”

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