Amazon goes after business supply retailers
Delivery and shipping options for a range of businesses.
Business owners can now take advantage of Amazon Business Prime Shipping, as the global e-commerce company offers free unlimited two-day shipping for customers with an Amazon Business account.
The new annual membership for multi-user business customers is available in the United States and Germany.
This expansion poses a challenge to competing office supply stores such as Office Depot, Staples and Office 1 Superstore. Retailers like Walmart and Best Buy also participate within the workplace supply market.
Customers can sign up for a free 30-day trial. Following this, costs are based on the number of account users. The annual fee is $499 per year for up to 10 users, $1,299 for up to 100 users and $10,099 for over 100 users.
All users on the nominated account will be notified by email that Prime Shipping has been enabled. Any time a new member is added to an existing account, Prime Shipping will be automatically activated.
Amazon Business offers discounts on millions of products, as well as price breaks on multi-unit purchases. Amazon also said its suppliers make a growing number of their products available exclusively to businesses.
“Customers can now get unlimited, fast delivery across their organization on a vast selection of products while maintaining increased visibility on their purchases,” Amazon Business vice president Prentis Wilson said.
Earlier this month, Amazon introduced a more flexible subscription process for students that want a Prime membership, offering a free six-month trial period and a no-commitment monthly payment option.
In June, Amazon announced it would give customers on government assistance programs a monthly discount.
Amazon also started selling medical equipment and supplies in the US and has been in active discussions about breaking into the lucrative pharmaceuticals market, a $300 billion-a-year industry in the States alone.
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