“A big collection of the small” – Amazon opens storefronts for smaller US retailers
Amazon has opened a dedicated site to allow US SME etailers to sell from storefronts from a link on the Amazon home page.
Amazon Storefronts will allow shoppers access to more than 20,000 SMEs using Amazon through dedicated storefronts on a subsite, covering a range of categories such as back to school, home, kitchen, pet supplies and books.
Amazon vice president Nicholas Denissen said the marketplace site was showing its commitment to small and medium-size businesses as well as “championing their success”.
To help push the image of smaller US firms forming part of Amazon’s makeup, the marketplace is also set to host videos featuring company owners and their stories.
“We’ve created a custom, one-stop shopping experience for customers looking for interesting, innovative and high quality products from American businesses from all across the country. Amazon first invited businesses to sell on Amazon nearly two decades ago, and today, small and medium-sized businesses are a vital part of Amazon’s large selection and commitment to customers. We’re championing their success with this new store and a national advertising campaign featuring a successful Michigan business selling on Amazon to customers across the US and worldwide.”
– Nicholas Denissen, Vice President, Amazon
Amazon Storefronts offers customers:
- Curated American Collections – Customers will enjoy shopping from more than 25 product categories to discover unique items from U.S. innovators, artisans, entrepreneurs and more, including products like a matching Halloween pajama set for the family, wooden name puzzles and protein sandwich cookies.
- Storefront of the Week – Each week the store will highlight a featured U.S. business through a fun video to help introduce the many faces and types of businesses that customers are shopping from on Amazon Storefronts.
- Meet the Business Owner – Rotating exploratory feature that profiles U.S. small and medium-sized businesses selling on Amazon. At launch, customers can learn and browse more than a dozen businesses that are Family-focused, Artisans,Innovator-Makers and Women-owned Businesses.
To support the launch of the new store, Amazon is unveiling its first-ever national TV commercial featuring real businesses that sell on Amazon. With more than a million small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. selling on Amazon, the ad gives customers a glimpse into a real business on Amazon and how Amazon is actually a ‘Big collection of Small.’ The commercial shows how Amazon helps businesses get their products to customers all over the world. To help illustrate the growing number of businesses on Amazon, a series of business logos come together at the end of the ad to form the Amazon smile logo.
Watch the ad here
“Since we started selling on Amazon in October 2016, our sales have nearly doubled. Due to our success, we have been able to hire new team members from our community, including full and part time jobs. We believe that customers like to know the story behind what they’re buying. When there is worry about creating jobs, it’s reassuring for customers to know their purchases are helping sustain jobs in the US.”
– Holly Rutt, co-founder of Little Flower Soap Co. (a US business owner featured in the national TV ad for Amazon Storefronts)
Earlier this year, Amazon introduced the Small Business Impact Report. According to the report, small and medium-sized businesses selling on Amazon are estimated to have created more than 900,000 jobs worldwide. In 2017, more than 300,000 U.S.-based small and medium-sized businesses started selling on Amazon.