By Muhammed Ali Gurtas
Amazon has launched its online shopping operations in Turkey, the company announced on Wednesday.
"Starting today, customers across Turkey can visit Amazon.com.tr to shop from a selection of millions of products, with the benefit of everyday low prices and reliable free delivery for orders above 50 Turkish liras," the online shopping giant said in a statement.
The company noted that it is offering a wide variety of products from local Turkish brands as well as big brand favorites.
"Amazon.com.tr features a vast selection of products across 15 categories, such as books, consumer electronics, sports, outdoor, tools, toys, home improvement, and baby, including products from over one thousand local Turkish businesses," it said.
Sam Nicols, Country Manager for Amazon.com.tr, said in the statement that the company's mission is to be world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, at great prices.
"Since the launch of Amazon.com in 1995, hundreds of thousands of Amazon customers in Turkey have ordered millions of items from existing Amazon stores around the globe," Nicols said.
"Today, we are thrilled to now offer Turkish customers a selection of millions of products, including products from over one thousand local Turkish businesses," he said.
“We are committed to building our business in Turkey in the coming months by expanding our selection and delivery options and providing excellent service, through which we hope to earn the trust of Turkish customers."
Alpagut Cilingir, head of Amazon seller services for Amazon.com.tr, said: "E-commerce has the power to level the playing field between big and small businesses, empowering Turkish companies of any size to grow their business online."
"We are investing in helping sellers become successful – continually building tools that do the heavy lifting to help them to sell more,” Cilingir said.
Jeff Bezos -- currently the richest man in the world -- founded Amazon in 1994 as an online bookstore, and made it the biggest Internet retailer in the world in revenue and market value in 24 years.