Coming just a week after Amazon launched its Amazon Web Services Marketplace, which allows customers to shop for software, databases, and servers the same way they would a book on the normal Amazon site, Amazon has now launched Amazon Supply. The Amazon Supply site, which is currently in beta, is aimed toward, business, industrial, and scientific customers. The site allows customers to shop and compare items normally sold in specialty catalogs for businesses.
"We're excited to offer a wide range of items, from basic supplies like drill bits and automatic hand dryers, to hard to find parts like laboratory centrifuges and miniature polyimide tubing, enabling business and industrial customers to streamline their buying processes," said Prentis Wilson, vice president of AmazonSupply. "Low prices combined with fast, free shipping and a vast selection, make shopping on AmazonSupply a great experience for customers."
The site currently has 14 categories:
- Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Plumbing
- Lab and Scientific
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Power and Hand Tools
- Janitorial and Sanitation
- Power Transmission
- Test, Measure, and Inspect
- Cutting Tools
- Abrasives and Finishing
- Material Handling
- Fleet and Vehicle Maintenance
Amazon is providing free 365 day returns and corporate lines of credit for Amazon Supply customers. There is also a dedicated customer service center for the marketplace. What's more, most orders over $50 receive free two-day shipping. I'll admit, with free shipping thrown in, I'm tempted to buy a case of motor oil for my car, and a few other things that would be overkill for cleaning my small home.
What do you think? Will you use Amazon Supply for your business or lab? What do you think of these new Amazon specialty marketplaces? Let me know in the comments below.