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Amazon Business: What It Can Do for Your Company

ByAnna Attkisson,
business.com writer
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Dec 08, 2017
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Amazon Business features your small business can use

Special discounts, free expedited shipping and bulk orders are all reasons to consider an Amazon Business account.

You have probably shopped on Amazon.com to purchase discounted and bulk items. If you haven't, you're at least aware of the e-tail giant. But for small businesses, Amazon Business can offer even more benefits than just cheap prices and free shipping.

Amazon's program provides registered users with a variety of benefits that are not available to regular Amazon account holders. Basically, an Amazon Business account makes purchasing corporate items and supplies through Amazon seamless, efficient and inexpensive.

What is Amazon Business?

Amazon Business makes purchasing on Amazon easier for registered businesses, and it's free. Simply click Create Free Account on the Amazon Business page, and you will be guided through the setup process. The person who creates the account is the administrator, and their information is used to verify the account.

Once the account is created, the administrator can add people who can then add groups, make purchases, create approval workflows and add purchase order numbers. Plus, the administrator can add and manage business-account such features as payment methods and shipping addresses.

Business pricing and large quantity discounts – even tax-exemption benefits – are perks for registered business account customers. Amazon Business services can be linked to existing Amazon Prime accounts. To learn more about Amazon Business, visit the main landing page. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial.

As you start making purchases, you'll be able to view Amazon's Business Analytics to view all the data about your orders and create reports.

Pricing

Amazon Business offers discounts on millions of products. It also provides price breaks on multiunit purchases and allows the user to see multiple offers from a variety of sellers on a single page.

The site offers quantity discounts and tiered pricing discounts for higher-volume purchases on select items. To show items for sale at a discounted price from participating sellers, you can click Request a Quantity Discount.

Shipping benefits

Like the free shipping perk of Amazon Prime, Amazon Business accounts get Business Prime Shipping. That includes unlimited, free two-day shipping on eligible items. Customers can sign up for a Business Prime Shipping annual membership based on the number of users their business account has. It's $499 for up to 10 users, $1,299 for up to 100 users and $10,099 for more than 100 users.

An Amazon Prime account can be linked to the business account for free. Prime membership makes you eligible for exclusive Prime Day deals during the company's annual sales extravaganza. Plus, if you use an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Plus, Echo Spot, Echo Look, and Tap, as well as Fire TV, Fire tablets and a variety of third-party devices for voice ordering through Amazon's Alexa, you're eligible for even more deals. 

Amazon Business offers a few different payment options. A credit card can be added to the account that can be accessed by multiple users. Amazon also lets you open a corporate credit line. If you go that route, you can authorize multiple buyers on a single account, download order history reports and pay by purchase order.

Amazon Business also integrates with 30 common purchasing systems, including BirchStreet, Oracle iProcure and Spectrum. So if you're used to using a PunchOut program, you still can.

Other small business benefits

The Amazon Tax Exemption Program (ATEP) allows Amazon Business customers to apply their tax-exemption status to eligible purchases from Amazon, Amazon Digital Services, Warehouse Deals, Amazon Services or other participating sellers.

The Amazon Tax Exemption Tool guides users through the process of enrolling in the program. You can update your status and edit or upload certificates. Once you review your order, you can modify which items should have the tax-exemption certificate applied.

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
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As official task master Anna loves nothing more than crossing an item off her to-do list, except possibly whipping someone on the pool table. She drives the editorial planning and execution of content on Business.com and BusinessNewsDaily. Specialties: Planning, organizing others, mastering CMSes, editing
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