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Amazon Opens Sales to Small Businesses

Posted on January 6, 2015

This is a puff piece, but the numbers are accurate. The growth is staggering; 65% in one year. Shopping malls will be mostly beauty salons and Subway restaurants in a decade.

Amazon today announced that sellers on Amazon sold a record-setting more than 2 billion items worldwide in 2014. The number of sellers on Amazon adopting the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service to help scale their businesses and delight customers with Amazon’s award-winning fulfillment and customer service also grew more than 65 percent year-over-year worldwide. There are currently more than 2 million sellers on Amazon worldwide that account for over 40 percent of the total units sold on Amazon.

“It’s been a record-setting year for selling on Amazon. We’re seeing strong growth from sellers listing their items across our global marketplaces. In fact, there are now more than a billion offers for customers to browse from sellers who are listing items for sale outside their home country,” said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace. “The growth of mobile and the introduction of the Amazon Seller App have also been a big win for sellers this year. Sellers are constantly telling us they value the flexibility of managing their businesses on-the-go from their tablets and mobile devices.”

Sellers on Amazon around the world continue to adopt FBA, a service that enables sellers to have Amazon store and ship their products directly to customers while offering Amazon Prime benefits, FREE shipping, simple exporting to customers around the world, streamlined cross-border trade, easy returns and award-winning Amazon customer service. For small and medium businesses, Amazon Payments has expanded the availability of Login and Pay with Amazon, providing hundreds of millions of customers a fast, easy and secure way to pay on thousands of websites, using the information already stored in their Amazon accounts.

Men shop on Amazon. They don’t like shopping in stores.

It saves time to get delivery to your door.

You can compare prices. You get customer reviews.

Prime makes shipping free.

No more wandering down aisles, looking for what you want.

No more standing in check-out lines.

No more wandering in the parking lot, trying to find your car.

Save time. Save money. Save gas.

“Let your fingers do the walking.” The Yellow Pages are dead. The slogan is alive and well on Amazon.


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