Amazon encourages Alaskans to sell on its site
Business strategists with the online retail giant Amazon are in Alaska this week, helping local companies get their products online for a global market.
"A lot of people think of Amazon as a big brand, but we're really a collection of millions of small businesses," said Kyle Walker, Amazon's head of new business strategy.
Amazon representatives attended Vitalize Alaska, an Alaska business conference hosted by the Alaska Small Business Development Center this week.
"It gave us an opportunity to engage with local leaders, learn about local businesses and really explain the opportunities that are available on Amazon," said Brian Bailey, the company's head of brand services.
Bailey says there are about 1,500 Alaska businesses selling products and goods on Amazon, and they're looking to increase that number. They plan on hosting sessions to consult with local businesses to explain opportunities with the e-commerce giant.
"Small businesses also have the ability to take advantage of Amazon's fulfillment network, which makes their products prime eligible, where customers can purchase products with free shipping," Walker said.
If you have a business and would like to start working with Amazon, visit the company's sales website and register your business. Bailey says your business can be up and selling within a couple of hours.
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