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Amazon.com will face challenges from big retailers during its annual Prime Day promotion, as more merchants piggyback on the multibillion-dollar online sales event.

Target, Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s and Kohl’s are some top US retail chains offering big discounts and promotions to coincide with Prime day, which takes place on Monday and Tuesday this year.

The two-day sales event, which generated $10.4 billion (about R148.04bn) in gross merchandise sales for Amazon last year, is taking place earlier than its traditional July run date, as the e-commerce giant looks to boost spending in what are historically slow sales days in the quarter.

And retailers are not missing the opportunity to get a slice of that pie.

Department store chain Macy’s is teasing customers with an “Epic Specials” event for two days starting Monday, while rival Kohl’s is promoting cash-backs and discounts on beauty, apparel and household goods through its Prime-day coinciding event called “Wow Deals”.

Target has taken it up a notch this year, increasing the number of products and discounts on its website during Prime Days, according to StyleSage data. This is in contrast to most US mall stores, which have been cutting down on assortment and promotions this year, the data showed.

Home furnishing retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering an “even bigger and better” challenger event to Prime Day this year, with same-day delivery on orders $39 or more and rewards that give customers up to $100 for future purchases.

Its top deals include 60 percent off on Crux appliances and 25 percent off on Graco Pack ’n Play baby cribs.

Walmart’s competing sales event will start one day ahead of Prime Day and end on June 22. The world’s biggest retail chain, which launched its own subscription programme called Walmart Plus last year, is offering deals on built-in Roku TVs and Roomba vacuum cleaners, among other electronic items.

Amazon Prime Day, which has grown into a two-day shopping bonanza rivalling the US holiday shopping season, will see 20 countries participate this year. The event in India and Canada, however, has been postponed because of Covid-19.

Adobe expects Prime Day to top $11bn in total online spend for US retailers this year, surpassing sales generated on Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year.

Editor@tech-talk.co.za

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