The company just announced the launch of its new Business Prime Shipping service in the USA and Germany. That can include items like office supplies, software and janitorial supplies. There are an estimated 85 million Prime members in the U.S., a huge and mostly higher-income group that could help build up Whole Foods' sales.
Businesses that want to sign up 10 of their employees to the service must pay an annual fee of $499, while companies that want to sign up 100 workers pay $1,299. The most expensive is $10,099 for companies with more than 100 users.
In an email sent out on Monday this week (23 October), Amazon stated: "As Amazon continues to offer customers additional retail options for buying wine, we will no longer offer a marketplace for wine at this time, and Amazon Wine will close on December 31st, 2017".
"Business Prime Shipping combines the wide selection of products available to Amazon Business customers, with the speed and convenience that customers have come to know and love from Amazon Prime", said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime. He also assured customers that the company would keep innovating to ensure easier business purchasing. In the USA, multiple users from a registered Amazon Business account can take advantage of free two-day shipping. As new users are added to existing Amazon Business accounts, they'll be automatically in the program.
Amazon Business has been the company's push to enter into the B2B sales segment after shuttering its wholesale site Amazon Supply. The program later expanded to other markets, including Germany, as well as the United Kingdom, and more recently, India and Japan. This individual benefit continues today, despite the launch of the new program.