Amazon is introducing a new section of its massive online store called Amazon Storefronts, which will sell products exclusively from “U.S. small and medium-sized businesses” that are on Amazon.
The new page will feature over 1 million products from almost 20,000 companies, along with curated collections, deals, videos, and stories highlighting individual companies. Each week, there will be a featured “Storefront of the Week” for a specific company selling on Amazon, along with a series of “Meet the Business Owner” profiles.
The definition of what Amazon considers a “US small and medium-sized business” also seems pretty flexible. There’s the Little Flower Soap Company, which is set to be the subject of Amazon’s “first-ever national television commercial featuring real businesses that sell on Amazon” (an incredibly specific milestone that essentially means nothing to anyone who doesn’t work at Amazon). But the storefront also features wholly digital products like Kindle Unlimited books that are only debatably a “US-based business” and major tech products like the Eero mesh Wi-Fi router, the ChefSteps Joule, and the Essential Phone. Those probably not what most people have in mind when they think of homegrown American small business.
The new Amazon Storefronts page is live now on Amazon’s website.