Amazon's Storefronts is too little, too late for small businesses

Amazon launches 'Amazon Storefronts' for American-owned businesses

Amazon has established a separate section where it will highlight small businesses, feature curated collections of unique products and provide a platform for an online small business experience. Plus the company (currently worth more than $900 billion) has the power to charge business owners whatever it wants to have products listed on Amazon, because, really, what other option do they have?

The new Storefronts page features items in a range of categories, from kitchenware and jewelry to electronics and books.

Amazon has launched Storefronts, a new store that allows customers to shop exclusively from small to medium-sized businesses in the United States, with a variety of product categories, including grocery, pet supplies and kitchenware. "Amazon first invited businesses to sell on Amazon almost two decades ago, and today, small and medium-sized businesses are a vital part of Amazon's large selection and commitment to customers".

"Since we started selling on Amazon in October 2016, our sales have almost doubled".

While only a select few businesses are now included in Storefronts, Amazon will be adding new categories and expanding Storefronts over time. Past year alone, Amazon says, more than 300,000 small businesses started selling on Amazon. For some of these businesses, however, Amazon will produce video features and stories that profile the business owners, and will also highlight a new storefront each week for greater promotion. The Institute cites USA census data showing that 85,000 small businesses closed between 2005 and 2015.

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Amazon will feature the included businesses in marketing for the new initiative. Kicking off the site's launch is The Little Flower Soap Co., which sells handmade soap from MI.

"This is a ton of exposure for us", says Holly Rutt, who co-founded The Little Flower Soap Co.in 2010, and has been selling on Amazon for two years.

In May, Amazon argued it was good for small businesses in its Small Business Impact Report.

The American-centric collection of over 1 million products could also help mitigate persistent - and widely refuted - criticisms from President Donald Trump that Amazon wasn't paying enough in taxes and underpaying the US Postal Service.

Amazon now has 20,000 small businesses featured in the Storefronts section.

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