Italy penalises Amazon for preferential treatment - Mobile World Live

Italy penalises Amazon for preferential treatment

10 DEC 2021

Italy’s competition regulator AGCM continued something of a clampdown on tech giants, slapping a hefty fine on Amazon for alleged preferential treatment a matter of weeks after tackling Google and Apple.

AGCM explained in a statement it believes Amazon favours sellers which pay the e-commerce giant to fulfill their orders and had issued a fine of €1.1 billion.

The regulator claimed Amazon used its dominant position in the Italian market for intermediation services, harming competing logistics services by giving preferential placement on its website to sellers using its fulfillment service.

AGCM also accused Amazon of denying its Prime label to sellers not using its fulfilment services, ordering the company to begin offering equal sales benefits and visiblity.

Amazon stated it will appeal the fine.

In November, AGCM fined Google and Apple €10 million apiece over alleged breaches involving user data.



Martha DeGrasse

Freelance tech journalist Martha DeGrasse (@mardegrasse) is delighted to be contributing to Mobile World Live. Martha has written for a number of telecom and wireless publications, and was a writer, editor and video producer at RCR Wireless News for almost...

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