Amazon Business Launches Business Prime Shipping; Grainger Responds

Lucy Hill
October 26, 2017

Some sectors will undoubtedly see this new program as a threat to office supply shops likes Office Depot and Staples, retailers like Walmart and stores like Costco, which specializes in warehouse deals. "We are excited to introduce a shipping program created to meet the needs of businesses and will continue to innovate on behalf of customers to make business purchasing even easier".

Many US states have laws which prohibit licence holders from receiving payments to advertise goods for other suppliers, which was Amazon Wine's basic model.

Amazon's annual Business Prime Shipping memberships will be priced in tiers with support for 10 users for $499, 100 users for $1,299 and over 100 users for 10,099. As new users are added to existing Amazon Business accounts, they'll be automatically in the program. "We are excited to introduce a shipping program created to meet the needs of businesses and will continue to innovate on behalf of customers to make business purchasing even easier".

Amazon Business was launched in the U.S. in 2015 and was later introduced to countries like Germany and the United Kingdom.

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Companies can also sign up to try out Amazon's Business Prime Shipping for free for 30 days. The service was recently expanded to include Japan and India.

The company said many Amazon Business buyers turn to the portal for irregular purchases or unexpected needs that fall outside normal corporate buying.

Amazon Business users will soon be able to take advantage of free two-day shipping in a similar way to how Prime customers do to order a wide range of products right to their office. This individual benefit continues today, despite the launch of the new program.

The majority of Grainger's USA customers do not pay freight, as freight costs are embedded in our contracts.

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