Amazon Local

Amazon has been tipped to launch a local services marketplace this year to rival the likes of Thumbtack, Angie’s List and Yelp. Now one part of that effort looks like it’s about to go live: the company is now rolling out a food takeout service, “a direct competitor to GrubHub, Seamless and DeliveryHero,” in the words of someone who worked on the service at Amazon. The offering is initially going to be part of Amazon Local, the company’s Groupon-style service and app that offers people daily deals, coupons and discounts from merchants in their neighborhood. The service, which was scheduled to launch first in Seattle and on iOS, was quietly turned on the app last night before going down because of a bug. It should go live again soon. We have reached out to Amazon spokespeople to confirm the details of the service.

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