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Grow Your Business Technology

Amazon Business: What It Is and How It Can Benefit You

Amazon Business: What It Is and How It Can Benefit You
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Shoppers already widely use Amazon.com to purchase discounted and bulk items. Amazon Business offers those same conveniences, plus much more, strictly for businesses.

This program provides its registered users a variety of benefits that are not available to the regular Amazon account holder. A business account makes purchasing corporate items and supplies through Amazon seamless and efficient.

Amazon Business provides purchasing solutions so that registered businesses and the people they have chosen as users, or designated associates, can shop for business supplies on Amazon. Anyone with a business-user account can purchase via Amazon.com on behalf of his or her company or employer. The administrator of the main account can add and manage business-account users and features, such as payment methods and shipping addresses, approval work flows, and reporting options, depending on the needs of the business.

Amazon Business offers features such as business-only pricing, which offers discounts on millions of products across Amazon. The service also provides price breaks on multiunit purchases and allows the user to see multiple offers from a variety of sellers all on one page, so customers know they are getting the best possible price.

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

With your Amazon Business account, your multi-user business enjoys Business Prime Shipping. It comes with unlimited, free two-day shipping on eligible items. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial. Customers can sign up for a Business Prime Shipping annual membership based on the number of users on their business accounts. 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 also be linked to the business account at no additional cost. Prime membership makes you eligible for exclusive Prime Day deals during the company's annual sales extravaganza. Hundreds of thousands of items across 20-plus popular categories (techies, gardners, pet lovers) go on sale starting at 6 p.m. PT on July 10. And for the following 30 hours, new deals are announced every 5 minutes. Plus, if you use an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Amazon Tap, Fire TV or Fire tablets for voice ordering through Amazon's Alexa, you're eligible for even more deals. 

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Amazon Business also offers a few payment options. A company-wide purchasing card can be added to the account to be accessed by multiple users, or you can open a corporate credit line, under which you can authorize multiple buyers on a single account, download order history reports and pay by purchase order. Administrators can manage individual and shared payment methods and shipping addresses to make ordering seamless for all purchasers. Whether you are using individual or shared payment methods, all can be managed through the Manage Your Business link.

The Amazon Tax Exemption Program (ATEP) allows Amazon Business customers to apply their tax-exemption status to eligible purchases from Amazon.com LLC, Amazon Digital Services LLC, Warehouse Deals LLC, Amazon Services LLC or other participating sellers. Account administrators can set up tax exemptions for business accounts.

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

All of the business pricing, quantity discounts and tax-exemption benefits are available only to registered business-account customers. It is free to sign up for Amazon Business, and the service can be linked with already-existing Amazon Prime accounts.

Once you click Create Free Account on the Amazon Business page, you will be guided through all of the steps to complete the process. You are automatically set up as an administrator using the information provided during account verification. Administrators can assign roles to users in business accounts either when they invite each user or later, by managing their business accounts.

Once the account is created, the administrator can add people who can add groups, purchase on behalf of the business, create approval work flows and add purchase-order numbers for reporting.

To learn more about Amazon Business, visit the main landing page here.

Additional reporting by Anna Attkisson. 

Jennifer Post

Jennifer Post graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Having worked in the food industry, print and online journalism, and marketing, she is now a freelance contributor for Business News Daily. When she's not working, you will find her exploring her current town of Cape May, NJ or binge watching Pretty Little Liars for the 700th time.