Amazon wants to be your one-stop shop for everything – including trades and services, according to a new report by Reuters. The company is looking at debuting sales of things like babysitting, handymen services, painters, haircuts, home repair and more. The move would extend Amazon’s range of competitors to sites like Angie’s List and Craigslist.
According to Reuters, Amazon intends to roll out its services market in the same way that it has approached Amazon Fresh, starting in one market at first to test consumer appetite and its financial model before expanding to other cities and eventually nationwide. The services market would work much like its existing ecommerce shop, as Reuters says that Amazon has been reaching out to both service providers directly, and startups that offer the kinds of local offerings mentioned above.
Reuters notes that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had previously invested in Pro.com, a services startup out of Seattle to help find and book contractors. It’s also true that adding to the range of potential marketplace partners on the site could greatly improve revenue, as Amazon already derives a substantial portion of its inbound cash flow from third-party partners.