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Amazon lent over $ 3 bn to small businesses since 2011
Jun '17
Amazon Lending has surpassed $ three billion in loans to small businesses since the programme launched in 2011. Amazon Lending offers short-term business loans, for up to 12 months, to invited micro, small and medium businesses selling on Amazon to help them grow their business. In the last 12 months, Amazon has lent over $ one billion to small businesses.

With access to more than 300 million active customer accounts worldwide, Amazon provides small businesses the opportunity to quickly reach customers in their neighborhood and around the globe.

“We created Amazon Lending to make it simple for up-and-coming small businesses to efficiently get a business loan, because we know that an infusion of capital at the right moment can put a small business on the path to even greater success,” said Peeyush Nahar, vice president for Amazon Marketplace.

“Small businesses are in our DNA. Amazon is providing capital to small businesses to help them expand inventory and operations at a critical period of their growth. We understand that a small loan can go a long way,” Nahar said.

More than 20,000 small businesses have received a loan from Amazon and more than 50 per cent of the small businesses Amazon lends to take a second loan from Amazon.

Amazon has issued loans to small businesses across the US, UK and Japan. Invited small businesses are able to apply for loans ranging from $1,000 to $750,000.

Half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide are from small businesses that offer their products through Amazon Marketplace, many of whom also choose to use Fulfillment by Amazon as a way of making their items prime eligible. Small businesses and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon come from every state in the US, and from more than 130 different countries around the world. Amazon began inviting small businesses to sell on Amazon to increase selection and ensure customers could find and discover anything they wanted to buy online.

“Amazon has had a hugely positive impact on our business. “Traditional funding vehicles wouldn't support our model of direct to consumer and we needed help. Amazon stepped in and is a great partner for us. The loans from Amazon Lending enabled us to expand inventory and resulted in us having a very strong and successful 2016,” said Caleb Light, vice president of sales for Power Practical, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Customers expect to be able to buy LonoLife on Amazon. The loan from Amazon Lending gave LonoLife the ability to procure bulk raw materials and packaging to build inventory to keep up with incredible customer demand,” said Lawrence Holland, president of LonoLife, based in Oceanside, California. (SV)

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