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Sorry Amazon, in Singapore People Love to Go Shopping

  • Web store has been operating Prime Now for about three months
  • Island country’s shoppers ‘prefer to buy things in stores’
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As Amazon.com Inc. pushes into Southeast Asia with a new venture into Singapore, the online retailer is facing some tough hurdles. Shopping in air-conditioned malls is practically a national sport, and e-commerce rivals moved in long ago.

Delivery delays also marred Amazon’s debut in July, when on-the-ground operations began with Prime Now two-hour deliveries. When accounting for orders placed on its main U.S. website, Amazon lags behind local web-store Lazada and its parent, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.