Amazon has a new service called Amazon Vendor Express aimed at letting businesses sell their products directly to the company, who will resell them to customers. Amazon takes care of promoting, selling, and shipping the products, utilizing its network of fulfillment centers.
Membership is free. Products become eligible for free two-day shipping for Prime members and free shipping on orders of $35 or more for everyone else.
"With Amazon Vendor Express, you can start selling to Amazon and expose your products to hundreds of millions of customers worldwide," the company says. "Amazon buys products directly from you and handles shipping costs, merchandising, customer service, and customer returns. Amazon Vendor Express works for you so you can focus on making great products."
Supported product categories include:
Automotive Tools & Accessories
Baby (excluding clothing and shoes)
Camera, Photo & Video
Health and Personal Care
Kitchen & Dining
Kitchen Plumbing & Bath Fixture
Lighting & Ceiling Fans
Office & School Supplies
Patio, Lawn & Garden
Portable Audio & Accessories
Power & Hand Tools
Sporting Goods (excluding clothing and shoes)
The following categories are excluded: Hazmat, Adult, Heavy products (over 20 pounds), Bulky products ( greater than 18” by 14” by 8”), and any product that has a selling price to Amazon of over $500.
For each new product a business supplies to Amazon, the company requires a one-time shipment of some free units to sell on the site. There are no charges for shipping, handling, or storage.
"It's very easy to get started," the company says. "You create a business account, add products, and send us a small order of free units for each of your products (or product variations), enabling us to quickly create your detail page, get your product online, and determine whether we can successfully sell it. You will only be required to send free units once for each product you sell on Amazon. If there is demand for your product based on the units you send, we may order more products from you and pay you for them."
Amazon issues payments within 60 days from the time they receive the products.
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