Amazon and Me
When I retired from being a local pastor I knew I would still be “working” in some capacity. I knew I would continue to sing, play piano & guitar, lead worship, and visit many churches. I’ve been part of Sunday worship services, revivals, retreats, and camp meetings.
I also knew I would continue to entertain at the Skirvin hotel and other venues.
Last year I started doing something new.
Amazon and Me
Last year I started selling on Amazon. There are several E-commerce sites out there like Ebay, Shopify, Walmart and even Facebook. But I chose to learn about Amazon and become a third party seller doing FBA – Fulfillment By Amazon.
What do I do? Basically, I buy products (NEW) from various sources. I package them, label them, and send them to one of Amazon’s many warehouses across the US. Then, my products are listed on Amazon’s powerful website. Someone sees my products, likes my price, and decides to purchase. Amazon fulfills that purchase for me and sends the product to the buyer, usually using Prime (two day free shipping). The buyer is happy. Amazon gets paid. I get paid. It’s a win-win situation.
I have had a lot of fun sourcing products, meeting new people, and sharing in our private Facebook group.
Click on the Amazon Logo and you’ll be taken to my store. You’ll see toys, shoes, sporting goods, and products for the home.
Amazon and Me
2016 Selling on Amazon Milestones:
Marketplace and FBA
FBA delivered more than 2 billion items worldwide.
Active sellers worldwide using the FBA service grew more than 70 percent.
Outside the U.S., FBA units shipped grew more than 80 percent.
Using the FBA service, Amazon sellers from more than 130 different countries around the world fulfilled orders to customers in 185 countries.
The Seller Fulfilled Prime program added more than 6 million new items that are now Prime eligible across the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan.
Sellers on Amazon that reached $100K in sales grew by 30 percent.
Sellers worldwide have created more than 600,000 new jobs outside of Amazon.
Sellers worldwide received orders for more than 28 million items on Cyber Monday.
FBA items shipped worldwide grew more than 50 percent year-over-year during the holiday season.
Prime members worldwide ordered millions of items from sellers in the Seller Fulfilled Prime program offering free two-day or next-day shipping.
Sponsored Products clicks worldwide grew by more than 150 percent driven by expansion of advertising placements on desktop and mobile sites.
The number of sellers worldwide using Sponsored Products grew more than 100 percent.
Sponsored Products introduced a new and convenient payment method, Unified Billing, which allows Sellers to deduct their advertising spend from sales proceeds.
Amazon Business (www.amazon.com/business) generated more than $1 billion in sales in its first year, with sellers receiving over half of the orders. Amazon Business now serves more than 400,000 business customers in the U.S., and includes more than 45,000 sellers with access to the business-specific selling tools. Amazon Business launched in Germany, marking its first international expansion.
Handmade at Amazon (www.amazon.com/handmade) launched in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, expanding its selection of handcrafted artisan-made goods to customers in the EU. In the U.S., the Handmade at Amazon store added six new categories (Accessories, Baby, Toys and Games, Beauty & Grooming, Pet Supplies) and now offers over 500,000 items sold directly by artisans across all 50 states from 80 countries around the world.
Amazon Home Services (www.amazon.com/services), a marketplace for on-demand professional services, expanded to more than 50 U.S. metro areas. Home Services now offers over 1,200 unique services from providers across 60 professions. Customer orders fulfilled by Home Services pros grew more than 200 percent.
Amazon Exclusives (www.amazon.com/exclusives), a store that gives customers direct access to innovative new products from 600 up-and-coming brands, with thousands of unique items being added each month. Sales from the Amazon Exclusives store grew more than 250 percent.