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Amazon Business unveils new procurement tools

EditorAhmed Abdulazez Abdulkadir
Published 06/20/2024, 09:51 AM
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SEATTLE - Amazon Business, the B2B procurement arm of Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: NASDAQ:AMZN), has rolled out a suite of new technology features aimed at streamlining the purchasing process for its business customers. The updates, which include the Amazon Business App Center, System for Cross-domain Identity Management, Integrated Quoting, and enhancements to Budget Management and Guided Buying, are designed to address the complexities and inefficiencies faced by procurement teams.

The launch of these features was announced following insights from recent research by Amazon Business, which highlighted the struggles U.S. procurement teams face, such as system complexity and time-consuming multi-step processes. To combat these challenges, Amazon Business has expanded its offerings to provide a more intuitive and personalized experience for business customers.

The Amazon Business App Center serves as a hub where customers can connect their Amazon Business account with over 25 third-party applications, covering a range of functions from accounting to business analytics. This centralization is expected to save time and reduce the need for custom solutions.

Additionally, the new System for Cross-domain Identity Management feature simplifies user and group data synchronization, while the Budget Management tool now allows for real-time tracking, pre-purchase approvals, and consolidated purchase orders. Guided Buying has been updated to help direct employee purchasing towards preferred products, including those with sustainability certifications.

Integrated Quoting has been introduced to facilitate custom quotes for bulk orders, streamlining the request for quote (RFQ) process and potentially leading to cost savings.

These tools are now available to Amazon Business customers in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and other countries. Since its inception in 2015, Amazon Business has grown to support millions of customers globally, including major enterprises, educational institutions, and government agencies.

InvestingPro Insights

As Amazon Business unveils its latest suite of technological advancements, it's noteworthy to consider Amazon.com Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AMZN) financial health and market performance, which underpin its capacity to innovate and expand. According to recent data from InvestingPro, Amazon boasts a substantial market capitalization of 1.9 trillion USD, reflecting the company's massive scale and influence in the market.

The company's robust revenue growth is also evident, with the last twelve months as of Q1 2024 reporting an increase of 12.54%, a clear indicator of its ability to generate sales and expand its operations. This is further supported by a gross profit margin of 47.59%, showcasing Amazon's efficiency in managing its cost of goods sold and maintaining profitability.

An InvestingPro Tip highlights that Amazon is a prominent player in the Broadline Retail industry, which aligns with the company's continuous efforts to innovate its B2B procurement services through Amazon Business. Additionally, another tip points out that Amazon's stock generally trades with low price volatility, suggesting a stable investment opportunity for those involved in the stock market.

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