Among the holiday developments enjoyed by the online retailer, Amazon announced that Amazon Prime, an annual membership program offering unlimited free two-day shipping on many items, added more than one million customers around the world in the third week of December. On Amazon’s peak shipping day, more Prime items were shipped worldwide than ever before, the company added.
“Amazon Prime membership continues to grow, and we now have tens of millions of members worldwide. They benefit from all-you-can-eat free two-day shipping on millions of eligible items, and our members have a voracious appetite,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.
In the holiday season, Amazon.com’s holiday bestsellers for the home included the Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set, Black & Decker Dustbuster 15.6-Volt Cordless Cyclonic Hand Vac, and the Swarovski 2013 Annual Edition Crystal Star Ornament. Top sellers in the kitchen included Tovolo Ice Molds, Artisan Metal Works Silicone Non-Stick Baking Mat Sets and the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddle.
The 2013 holiday season was the best ever for Amazon, according to the company, with more than 36.8 million items ordered worldwide on Cyber Monday, a record-breaking 426 items per second.