Amazon: sales by small businesses now account for over half of the unit sales on Amazon sites around the world

  • More than half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide are from small businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Sales grew by more than 60 percent for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Prime Day 2017

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jul. 31, 2017) announced that small businesses and entrepreneurs on Amazon sold more than 2 billion items in a record-breaking first half of 2017. With more than 300 million active customers, Amazon offers small businesses the opportunity to reach shoppers in more than 180 countries around the world. Small businesses are also able to use Amazon’s world-class fulfillment and customer service expertise through Fulfillment by Amazon.

“We started working with small businesses to sell online back in 2000 and have helped hundreds of thousands achieve success. AmazonMarketplace has grown so significantly that sales by small businesses now account for over half of the unit sales on Amazon sites around the world, and 2017 is off to a record-start with over 2 billion units sold,” said Peter Faricy, Vice President for Amazon Marketplace. “We love hearing the stories from these small business owners who are able to quit their day jobs to sell on Amazon full-time, hire more employees to grow their business, and, in many cases, start other businesses – it’s very energizing for Amazonians to know that the technology we are building is helping so many people pursue their dreams.”

Facts about the Amazon Marketplace:

  • Amazon has 11 marketplaces around the world for small businesses and entrepreneurs to reach customers.
  • More than half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide are from small businesses and entrepreneurs that offer their products through AmazonMarketplace, many of whom also choose to use Fulfillment by Amazon as a way of making their items Prime eligible.
  • More than 100,000 entrepreneurs achieved over $100,000 in sales selling on Amazon in 2016.
  • According to an Amazon economic study, sellers have created over 600,000 new jobs outside of Amazon.
  • Small businesses and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon come from every state in the U.S., and from more than 130 different countries around the world.
  • Amazon sellers fulfilled orders to customers in 185 countries in 2016.
  • The Prime Day 2017 event grew by more than 60 percent over last year – sales growth by small businesses and entrepreneurs was even higher

“Being able to sell on Amazon has been paramount in driving massive amounts of sales and customer visibility, allowing us to build brand awareness where customers shop,” said Kelly Fedio, founder of One Savvy Life, based in Redondo Beach, Calif. “Since we started in 2014, we have successfully introduced several products to customers on Amazon, including our original best-selling infusion water bottle. Amazon has played an instrumental role in helping us launch our small business and grow into an enduring brand.”

Businesses interested in selling on Amazon can visit http://services.amazon.com. To view inspiring stories of inventors, authors, and small business owners who are transforming their lives and pursuing their dreams with Amazon, check out Transformations.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs take advantage of Prime Day to reach new customers, launch new products and increase sales

Small businesses and entrepreneurs take advantage of Prime Day to reach new customers, launch new products and increase sales

 

  • Small businesses and entrepreneurs use Prime Day to reach new customers, launch new products and increase sales
  • Customers ordered more than 20 million items from small businesses and entrepreneurs on Prime Day last year

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Small businesses and entrepreneurs on Amazon are preparing for a record-breaking sales day on Prime Day, with tens of millions of Prime members expected to shop the best deals of the year. Small businesses and entrepreneurs on Amazon will take advantage of increased traffic on Prime Day to reach new customers, launch new products and increase sales. Last year on Prime Day, small businesses and entrepreneurs on Amazon saw orders nearly triple year-over-year as customers ordered more than 20 million items from small businesses and entrepreneurs across more than 50 categories.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs on Amazon from around the world are coming together for the best Prime Day ever, offering Prime members deals on tens of thousands of unique products,” said Peter Faricy, Vice President, Amazon Marketplace. “Prime Day gives small businesses and entrepreneurs on Amazon an opportunity to increase sales and reach new customers. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are increasingly using Prime Day as their proving ground for new and existing products.”

This year, more small businesses and entrepreneurs than ever will participate in Prime Day, offering tens of thousands of deals as they look to increase summer sales and reach new customers. Small businesses and entrepreneurs will offer 50 percent more Prime Day Lightning Deals than last year and more than 40 percent of all Prime Day Lightning Deals will come from small businesses and entrepreneurs.

What are small businesses and entrepreneurs saying about Prime Day?

  • “Prime Day gives us a huge lift in sales during a notoriously slow time of year. Last year, we did 20 times what we do on a typical July day on Prime Day,” said Matt Altshul, Silk
  • “Last year’s Prime Day was exactly the lift we needed to continue building our handmade business. We’re looking forward to an even bigger Prime Day this year,” said Tyler & Courtney LeCompte, Confetti Momma
  • “Prime Day is especially impactful for small businesses on Amazon as we benefit from the increased traffic and sales. I wish every day could be Prime Day,” said Kristin Rae, Inspire International
  • “Prime Day is a unique opportunity for us to showcase our product and reach out to more buyers. We’re going all in this year with more inventory and deals than ever before,” said Ercan Erciyes, Monument Labs, makers of the AI-powered smart photo storage device
  • “Amazon helped us introduce Chirps Chips to the world. Every small business should be selling on Amazon and taking advantage of Prime Day,” said Laura D’Asaro, Chirps Chips
  • “Prime Day provides young brands like ours the opportunity to reach new customers and gain greater exposure through deals and increased traffic,” said Caron Proschan, Simply Gum
  • “Prime Day last year was tremendous. We did 20 times our normal daily sales, it was simply amazing,” said Lawrence Bibi, Light Accents

Today, half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide are from small businesses and entrepreneurs, many of whom choose to use Fulfillment by Amazon to make their items Prime eligible. Small businesses and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon come from every state in the U.S., and from more than 130 different countries around the world. Amazon began inviting small businesses and entrepreneurs to sell on Amazon to increase selection and ensure customers could find and discover anything they wanted to buy online. Businesses interested in Selling on Amazon can visit us for more details at http://services.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Source: Amazon

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Retailers Urge Congress to Support Association Health Plans for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (March 1, 2017) urged Congress to support legislation that would allow small businesses to join together through association health plans to provide greater access to affordable health care for their employees.

“Small businesses compete every day with large employers for both customers and employees,” Retailers Association of Massachusetts President Jon Hurst said. “Employees of small businesses deserve the same marketplace rights to obtain comparable coverage at comparable rates as those that work for big business and big government.”

“Association health plans are an important answer,” Hurst said. “Not only do they offer the potential to band with additional small employers in their local state through bona fide trade or professional associations, but it also offers potential to band together with other employer groups in other states … to maintain common benefits across state lines.”

Hurst testified on behalf of NRF this morning before the House Education and Workforce Committee during a hearing on the Small Business Health Fairness Act, an association health plan bill cosponsored by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg, R-Mich.

The Retailers Association of Massachusetts has run an association health plan since 2012 that serves more than 5,000 workers at 287 small businesses. Operating under a Massachusetts law that authorized the plans at the state level, the association has been able to “directly impact the cost of coverage” for participating companies, and has been able to offer additional benefits such as hospital care plans, dental plans and wellness programs, Hurst said.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

eBay teams up with inkFrog to help small businesses scale, improve inventory and order management

New partnership aimed to help small businesses scale, improve inventory and order management.

San Jose, California, 2016-Feb-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of our continuing effort to enable everyone from entrepreneurs to small and medium-sized businesses to be successful on eBay, we have partnered with multi-channel selling solutions provider inkFrog.

Known for its ecommerce services, which span seller efficiency tools, listings integration, and robust sales solutions, inkFrog already helps many eBay sellers manage and track their eBay transactions.  As part of the partnership, qualified small businesses interested in selling on eBay can take advantage of a free one-year subscription by taking a simple survey.

For entrepreneurs and small businesses accustomed to running their operations across different platforms with disparate tools, the inkFrog integration with eBay offers streamlined efficiency.

“Making our customers’ investments in eBay worthwhile and rewarding is job number one for us,” said Jordan Sweetnam, Vice President of Seller Experience at eBay. “We are committed to offering the world’s best selling platform, with consistent and predictable standards and tools.

“Services from inkFrog will simplify tasks for our customers, and give sellers new insights into their activities,” Jordan said. “These services can also help our sellers scale their businesses.”

Through direct integration of inkFrog’s services with eBay accounts, sellers will be able to sync inventory updates across shopping carts and the eBay platform. In addition sellers can take advantage of cutting-edge seller tools.

At eBay, we are focused on our ambition to be the most powerful selling platform by reducing friction for our sellers and by improving experiences that will continue to drive buyers to inventory.

Through integration with inkFrog’s services, sellers will be equipped to serve buyers much more efficiently.

SOURCE:  eBay Inc.

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Staples helps small businesses succeed and grow in the New Year with the launch of Quick Wins app

Small Businesses Want Help Getting Metrics on Track, Not Sure What to Focus on To Ensure Success, according to Staples Survey

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) today announced the launch of its Quick Wins app to help small businesses succeed and grow in the New Year. The Quick Wins app offers business-specific ideas, metrics and community support in one easy-to-access place.

Most small businesses (72 percent) want assistance getting their business metrics on track, yet two in five (41 percent) are not sure what business metrics they should focus on in order to ensure their success.

Through Staples Quick Wins app, small businesses will sync their most important business metrics such as Facebook and Twitter engagement, site traffic, sales and tools such as Google Analytics and QuickBooks to pull in key financial, website and marketing metrics that can be tracked daily and weekly. Instagram and MailChimp will be available at a later date.

Based on these metrics, Quick Wins will provide business-specific ideas to grow their small business. The Quick Wins app also gives members access to a community of small business peers where they can ask questions and support each other with ideas, something most (62 percent) small businesses are interested in.

“At Staples, we have 30 years of experience helping small businesses with the products and services they need to succeed,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president North American stores and online, Staples. “We know our customers are so busy running their businesses that they don’t have the time and resources to grow. The Staples Quick Wins app will help pull key metrics together in one location, making it easy for the small business to access no matter where they are.”

To learn more about the Staples Quick Wins app visit: www.staplesquickwins.com

“Our recent small business survey found that small businesses know they should be setting goals and tracking progress, but can’t find the time or the tools to do it,” said Corcoran. “The Quick Wins app lets small businesses track their progress and helps with business-specific ideas to grow.”

The survey also found:

  • A majority (62 percent) would find it useful to have a single dashboard with all of their core business metrics organized in one place for quick and easy viewing.
  • More than half of all small business leaders (51 percent) admit that they do not measure and track business metrics as often as they should.
  • One in three small businesses (32 percent) does not hold themselves accountable by regularly comparing marketing and financial measurements against their business goals.
  • Most small business leaders (65 percent) would like easy ways to compare key financial and marketing measurements against business goals on a regular basis.
  • Small business leaders are very community-minded and most (53 percent) would find advice and support from peers very useful.
  • Three in five small business leaders (62 percent) are interested in participating in a community of small business leaders to exchange ideas, questions, and advice on growing a business.

The Staples Quick Wins app is the latest addition to a suite of services and products Staples offers small business customers. From the MORE account, Staples Business Loans and Staples Rewards® to Print and Marketing Services and Tech Services, Staples offers small businesses everything needed to make more happen.

To provide more context on the Quick Wins App and how mobile apps can help grow your small businesses, Staples teamed up with small business expert, Gene Marks, for an online webinar on Tuesday, January 12 at 1pm EST. To register, please visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/q4kdkit6oqie&eom

About the Survey
This survey of 998 small business leaders was conducted using Research Now and was live from December 10, 2015 – December 17, 2015.

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the company’s innovative buy online, pick-up in store option.Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Print and Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Source: Staples

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