Amazon Business launches in the UK

Amazon is launching Amazon Business, a new service to meet the procurement needs of businesses of every size - from small enterprises to large multi-national organisations, as well as institutional buyers like universities, hospitals and non-profits.

Amazon Business customers benefit from a range of features such as Free One-Day Delivery on orders of £30 or more, VAT-exclusive pricing, VAT invoicing and Amazon Business Analytics to gain visibility into how their business is spending. Amazon has effectively taken the product selection, convenience and value that personal customers love about Amazon and developed it for business users.

Amazon Business offers more than one hundred million products in a wide range of categories, such as:

  • Laptops, office supplies and storage products, through to office furniture and commercial-grade printers
  • Industrial safety and contractor-grade power tools, through to thermal imaging cameras
  • Janitorial supplies and cleaning products, through to industrial-grade high-pressure washers
  • More than 50,000 types of lab supplies, including microscopes, test tubes and high-speed centrifuges

In addition to competitive pricing and a wide product selection, Amazon Business customers have access to the following features:

  • Free One-Day Delivery: Get what you want fast and free on qualified orders of £30 or more
  • VAT-exclusive pricing and VAT invoicing: The Amazon buying experience with VAT-exclusive pricing and availability of VAT invoices
  • Visibility and control: Add a Purchase Order (PO) number to orders, add multiple users to a business account, set spending limits, enable purchasing approval workflows and gain visibility into how a business is spending with Amazon Business Analytics
  • Detailed transaction data on commercial card purchases: Track and reconcile business purchases with line-item detail on every Amazon Business purchase made with a Visa Commercial Card issued by Barclaycard, Citi, HSBC or Lloyds Bank
  • Integrated within procurement systems: Enabled on many e-procurement platforms including Coupa, JAGGAER and SAP Ariba

Bill Burkland, Head of Amazon Business UK, says: "Whether you are a sole trader, a buyer in a mid-size company or a Chief Procurement Officer in a large multinational organisation, Amazon Business has the products and capabilities to serve your needs. Amazon Business combines more than one hundred million business products with a new set of unique business features - from reporting and analytics to spending limits and purchasing workflow approvals - making it everything you love about Amazon, now for business."

Amazon Business launched in the USA in April 2015, serving more than 400,000 businesses and generating more than $1bn in sales in its first year. Amazon Business launched in Germany in December 2016, with more than 50,000 business customers now using Amazon Business and over 10,000 business sellers having accessed the Amazon Business Seller feature set to sell their products to business customers. Since its USA launch, Amazon Business has shipped to business customers in more than 60 countries through its USA and German websites.

Paul Egan, CTO of Founders Factory, one of the UK's leading start-up incubators, says: "As a company, we want to spend as little time as possible purchasing the thousands of things we need to run our business. Amazon Business gives us access to everything we need at competitive prices, whilst supporting our fast pace and agile way of working - crucial as we are currently hiring one to two people per week on average."

Business customers can register for a free Amazon Business account via Sellers that would like to add products to Amazon's growing Amazon Business selection can learn more at

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