Amazon Sees Surging Prime Memberships in 'Biggest' Ever Holiday Season

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Amazon's Fire TV Stick was the top-selling line of streaming-media players in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Japan on the site, with the site selling twice as many Fire TV Sticks this year vs. last year's holiday season.

The e-tailer said that more than 4 million people sampled or purchased Prime memberships in a one-week period, which brought Amazon membership counts to a new high.

Looking for an indicator that Amazon's Alexa is a beloved product? Compared to last year's holiday season, Amazon sold "millions more" Amazon devices during this year's holiday season. Prime membership has many perks these days, from unlimited streaming of Amazon's catalogs of movies and songs, to endless photo storage (and 5GB for videos and documents). Predictably, Amazon didn't release any specific sales figures, only noting that Echo Dot sales ranged in the millions.

In 2017, Amazon increased the size of its fulfillment and shipping network by more than 30% in square footage worldwide. Amazon's peak day of customer fulfillment in 2017 was December 19. "More than one billion items were ordered from small businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide this season - and over just five days, from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, almost 140 million items were ordered from small businesses and entrepreneurs".

Shopping on the Amazon app increased by almost 70 percent.

"Since Day One we have obsessed over what we believe our customers care about - incredible deals and low prices, fast and free shipping, and a wide selection of top products - and we continue to provide all three, all the time", said Jeff Wilke, Amazon's CEO of Worldwide Consumer, in the statement. The Echo Dot was the best-selling among the company's devices.

"The more that Amazon cannot just get its Echo devices out there, but get its Alexa technology embedded in a variety of things, including cars, that'll be the long-term win", Mark Mahaney told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Tuesday.

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