How to open an Amazon Business account?
To begin this test, here is our guide to setting up and opening an Amazon Business account. First major benefit of the service, you get 50% off your first purchase up to € 100 via this link. The first step is to enter your email address. If it’s already linked to a classic Amazon account, you can use it with the Business version.
I, to do this Amazon Business Review, chose to use my professional email to make splitting orders easier. The second step is to enter your full name and choose your password.
The next page allows you to provide Amazon Business with all your business information: name, phone, address, but above all the VAT number, which will be useful later. As this information is more sensitive than for a personal account, your account will be verified and validated within 3 days. Little precision, the creation of an Amazon Business account is of course free.
It is also within this 3-day period that you will receive via email the coupon of the 50% offered up to 100 € on the first order. To take advantage of the coupon, enter it in the dedicated box when you confirm your first order. Do not forget, it would be a shame to miss it!
What are the benefits of Amazon Business?
Apart from the 50% offered on the first purchase up to € 100, open an Amazon Business account is very useful for a professional structure if you are used to ordering on the classic version of Amazon. First on Amazon Business, no Prime subscription required. Delivery within 1 day is automatically offered from 25 € of purchases on products shipped by Amazon.
On the other hand, you have access to the entire Amazon catalog, and prices are the same as for B2C users. Flash sales and great deals are also available, the only difference is in the display of prices, excluding VAT. An identical price was, in my opinion, a crucial point for Amazon Business’ success.
But the real added value of Amazon Business lies in the administration of the account and the orders. This is actually a real concern on the classic side when buying as a business, the invoices are not always available and you have to request them by hand when it comes to products sold in the marketplace. In return, you have the option to block orders that do not offer invoices with VAT, whether it is for you or your employees. In accounting management, this is a real plus.
Still at the administrative level, you can opt for a 30-day payment, which allows you to manage Amazon like any other provider. If you have cash management issues, that’s a big plus. Last key point: managing your account and your employees.
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How do you manage your Amazon Business account?
This is one of the strengths of the service: you can configure absolutely everything on your account and the users. In your business section you can:
In addition to payment methods and delivery addresses (and if they are shared between members), you can specify additional mandatory information to be filled in for each order, up to a maximum of 6 fields. Convenient to fill in the purchase order, service or cost center.
You can invite users to your company account by first choosing whether they are administrators or simple members (requesters).
You will then need to create groups that allow you to assign permissions to members. Some can place direct orders, others need validation. Each group also has the right to use the addresses and payment methods shared by the administrators or to operate in a closed cycle with their own addresses and payment methods.
This is useful for very large groups who have different budgets.
Purchasing policy management
It is a very important part of the service. The administrator can perform several actions, the first one (called Amazon Guided Buying) allows you to select favorite products or sellers and restrict purchases to specific categories.
Apart from the VAT management I mentioned above, you can configure Amazon Business Approval Policies. You can block orders (all orders, those containing limited items or those above a certain limit). The person or persons whose account you have specified will validate your orders when necessary.
Integration with purchasing management software
I could not test this feature because I do not use a purchasing system, but the service provides the option.
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My opinion on Amazon Business
I was afraid that the prices would be higher on a B2B-oriented service, but the catalog of more than 250 million products is exactly the same as on Amazon, just like the prices used and the interface. Only the logo at the top left and the settings change. Choosing Amazon Business is, in my opinion, saving time in your accounting management, especially in that it is easy to recover invoices, but above all not to mix your personal and professional orders. For larger groups, good management of its members saves a lot of time in managing purchases, while having control over what is ordered.
A key point is also the presence of a tool called Amazon Business Analytics. It contains some simple but time-saving reports for tracking refunds, order information and most importantly cross-reference information between orders and your accounting reports.
It was originally a simple test to give my opinion on Amazon BusinessI will now use the service instead of my personal account, the accountant will be happy.
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