Amazon launches Amazon Business marketplace
As if the launch of drone testing, a new smart home speaker hub, a quick-order button, an Angie's List type service, and a 30-minute delivery service wasn't enough, today Amazon announced a new business services marketplace.
With a new site called "Amazon Business," Amazon will provide bulk-discount items and free two-day shipping for orders over $49 to businesses, reports VentureBeat. This site will replace AmazonSupply, which currently contains 2.25 million products for every business.
Here are more specifics about the Amazon Business service:
- Businesses will have to go through an approval process to be a registered business on the site, which includes vetting through their tax ID and other relevant business information. Once approved, the business gets a free account with the capability of adding multiple user profiles. (VentureBeat)
- The service will have everything businesses need, including IT equipment, lab equipment, educational supplies, and food service supplies, along with (probably) anything else imaginable (Forbes). According to the Wall Street Journal, "anything else imaginable" includes beakers, wrenches, and wood sanders. The purchase of said items could start putting other business catalogs and supply companies out of business.
- Once accepted into Amazon Business, businesses will have the option to use "Live Experts," a chat tool that gives business buyers options to talk to a representative from supply companies on the site. (VentureBeat)
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