LONDON — The European Commission said Tuesday that Amazon breached European antitrust rules by using independent sellers’ data for its own benefit.It has also announced a second formal investigation into the company’s e-commerce processes.- Advertisement – The commission’s second antitrust investigation will look at how the company choses which sellers offer products via Amazon Prime, its paid-for premium service. It will investigate the possible preferential treatment of Amazon’s own retail business and those that use its logistics and delivery services (known as “fulfilment by Amazon” sellers) over other sellers.It will also look into the Amazon’s “buy box” function, which offers customers a one-click button to add a product to their shopping cart. U.S. regulators and third-party sellers have previously questioned Amazon over which products get placed in the all-important buy box. Amazon maintains that the buy-box features the offer it thinks customers will prefer overall, while factoring in things like price, delivery speed and Prime.Vestager said that, while going through 80 million transactions and 100 million products listed on Amazon marketplace, “it became increasingly clear that there might something that we should look into further on the buy box.”The company will have now the chance to examine the commission’s conclusions and reply in writing or via an oral hearing.Clarification: The European Commissions has confirmed that its Statement of Objections, published Tuesday, does not constitute legal charges against Amazon.— CNBC’s Anne Palmer contributed to this report. – Advertisement – The commission, the executive arm of the European Union, launched a probe into the online retailer in July 2019 on concerns over anti-competitive behavior.Amazon said it disagreed with the commission’s assertions and “will continue to make every effort to ensure it has an accurate understanding of the facts.” It said that it represents less than 1% of the global retail market.“No company cares more about small businesses or has done more to support them over the past two decades than Amazon,” the e-commerce giant said.- Advertisement – In a statement, the commission said Amazon was using the data of third-party sellers — such as order numbers, revenues and number of visitors — to inform its strategic business decisions, like reducing the price of products.The issue arises because of Amazon’s dual role in selling products itself, and acting as a platform for independent — sometimes rival — sellers.“Data on the activity of third-party sellers should not be used to the benefit of Amazon when it acts as a competitor to these sellers,” Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition chief, said in the statement.- Advertisement –
Batesville, In. — The public is invited to upcoming rummage sales in Napoleon and Osgood in support of Relay for Life.In Napoleon at the St. Maurice Catholic Church on Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon. Two-dollar bags will be available Saturday.In Osgood on Thursday, May 9 & Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon.Relay for Life will held June 15 and 16 at the Batesville High School. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and concludes on Sunday at 1 a.m. Register online here.
England golfers, led by world number four Bronte Law, have been flying high with impressive results across the world.Law was joint runner-up in the South American women’s amateur championship in Peru, losing out to a last-hole birdie by one of her playing partners. Meanwhile, Bradley Moore claimed third place in the Lake Macquarie Amateur in Australia.Their successes followed immediately after the triumph of the team from the England men’s A squad, winning the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament in Spain with emphatic wins over Finland, Germany and Spain.In addition, England’s squad of four (pictured) have arrived in South Africa to begin their campaign of six tournaments, starting with the Gauteng North Stroke Play on Thursday. They are Jamie Bower (Meltham), Paul Kinnear (Formby), Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park) and Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale).Bronte Law (Bramhall) was one of four England Golf players taking part in the South American Amateur in Lima. She completed the championship in six-under par and, as she played the last hole was involved in a four-way tie for top spot. The deadlock was broken by Sofia Garcia of Paraguay, who birdied the 18th to successfully defend her title.Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) shared eighth place in the women’s championship, on one-over par.In the men’s championship, Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood) impressively finished sixth on three-under par – having opened with a five-over 77 in the first round.He played his way back into the championship with 68 in the second round, which included a back nine of six-under 30, thanks to four birdies and an eagle two on a par four. He signed off with a birdie on the 72nd hole to take sixth place on his own.James Allan (Chelmsford) was also aiming for a top ten finish before a disappointing run over the final seven holes, ending with a triple bogey on the 18th, dropped him back to 20th.In Australia, Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) was in contention throughout the Lake Macquarie Amateur. He opened with a pair of 68s before adding 73 70 for a nine-under total, finishing three shots behind the winner, Harrison Endycott of Australia.Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) shared 12th place on five under after rounds of 72 70 72 69.Now, the Australian squad, which also includes Adam Chapman (Carus Green) moves on to their final event, the new South Wales Amateur, which begins on Wednesday.Click here for South American Amateur scoresClick here for Lake Macquarie scoresClick here to read the full report of the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament 25 Jan 2016 England golfers flying high on world-wide tours