Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday its Amazon Home Services one-stop shopping guide is now available in the Twin Cities, though it hasn’t reached what the company considers full strength.
The product, listed as a department on its main website, is a marketplace for people to find specialists in repairs, painting, plumbing, dog walking and other needs in the huge, fragmented business of home services.
Online listing and brokering of home services for years has been dominated by review sites like Angie’s List and Yelp and aggregators like Thumbtack. Amazon launched its service in March in four cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
On Wednesday, it said 11 other metro areas have now reached a “high density” level, meaning that the site carries information and ordering for many service providers in a local area. In another 15 cities, including the Twin Cities region, the company characterizes its offering as “medium density.”
“The number of services and providers is expanding in Minneapolis. It just hasn’t reached what we call `high density,’ ” the company said in a statement.
As with other products, Amazon allows customers to post reviews of service providers who offer their skills via its site.