Amazon announced this week that its sellers set a record, selling more than 2 billion items globally in 2014. There are currently more than 2 million sellers on the site worldwide that account for more than 40 percent of the site’s total units sold.
The amount of sellers on Amazon that have adopted the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service in 2014 grew more than 65% year-over-year worldwide.
Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace, said, “It’s been a record-setting year for selling on Amazon. We’re seeing strong growth from sellers listing their items across our global marketplaces. In fact, there are now more than a billion offers for customers to browse from sellers who are listing items for sale outside their home country.”
The FBA service allows sellers to have the company store and ship their products directly to customers, along with providing its award-winning customer service. FBA also offers Amazon Prime benefits, free shipping and easy returns, among others.
In 2014, Amazon payments expanded the availability of its Login and Pay with Amazon feature to benefit small and medium sized businesses, providing customers with a method of paying on thousands of websites using the information already stored in their Amazon accounts.
Sellers from more than 100 different countries fulfilled orders for customers in 185 countries using FBA. China and Hong Kong-based sellers with international sales grew 80 percent year-over-year.
For the holiday season, products offering holiday deals grew more than 400 percent year-over-year, and on Cyber Monday, more than 16 million units were ordered worldwide from Amazon sellers.
The company also introduced the Amazon Seller App to help sellers manage their businesses on Amazon on the go from their mobile devices and expanded its Sunday delivery service through the U.S. Postal Service to thousands of U.S. cities.
“The growth of mobile and the introduction of the Amazon Seller App have also been a big win for sellers this year. Sellers are constantly telling us they value the flexibility of managing their businesses on-the-go from their tablets and mobile devices,” Faricy added.