When launching your online e-commerce business, there are various ways to get it off the ground quickly. An easy way to do this is to find a pre-existing marketplace, like Amazon, that is already very well known and has a large existing customer base. If you want to sell on Amazon but don’t know where to start, then this guide will take you through everything you need to know.
Why register for Amazon?
With Amazon, you can sell your product in 23 marketplaces across four regions:
- Middle East and North Africa
- Asia Pacific
As a seller, if you register for the Americas or Europe but sign up for a unified account, you’ll be able to access all the marketplaces in that region. It allows you to switch between all of these marketplaces easily:
Americas: Four marketplaces
- Amazon US: Amazon.com
- Amazon Canada: Amazon.ca
- Amazon Mexico: Amazon.mx
- Amazon Brazil: Amazon.com.br (Not part of Americas unified account)
Europe: Nine marketplaces
- Amazon Germany: Amazon.de
- Amazon UK (United Kingdom): Amazon.co.uk
- Amazon France: Amazon.fr
- Amazon Italy: Amazon.it
- Amazon Spain: Amazon.es
- Amazon Netherlands: Amazon.nl
- Amazon Poland: Amazon.pl
- Amazon Sweden: Amazon.se
- Amazon Turkey: Amazon.com.tr
However, for the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Asia Pacific, the accounts are standalone and require their own registration. You’ll need to register for each of these markets separately:
Middle East & North Africa: Three marketplaces
- Amazon United Arab Emirates: Amazon.ae
- Amazon Saudi Arabia: Amazon.sa
- Amazon Egypt: Amazon.eg
Asia Pacific: Seven marketplaces
- Amazon Japan: Amazon.jp
- Amazon Australia: Amazon.com.au
- Amazon Singapore: Amazon.sg
- Amazon India: Amazon.in
- Amazon Thailand*
- Amazon Taiwan*
- Amazon South Korea*
*Amazon helps sellers in Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea sell in international marketplaces.
How to register and choose the right selling plan on Amazon
New sellers on Amazon can register as an Individual or a Professional seller. Additionally, when you register, you can register as either an individual or a company:
- An individual: You personally own the business, often as a sole proprietor. You’d sign up in your name
- A company: You register in your company’s name. For example, if your business is an LLC
If you register as an Individual on Amazon, you can sell up to 35 items per month but can’t advertise your products. This is a good option if you want to sell the odd product here and there. On the Individual plan, Amazon charges £0.75 (excluding VAT) for every item sold on the platform.
On the Professional plan, whether a sole trader or an incorporated company, sellers don’t have limitations on the number of products they can sell or how they want to advertise them. On this plan, Amazon charges a monthly subscription per month. Professional plans also include advanced selling tools such inventory management tools, API integrations with other applications and onsite advertising and promotional support.
Want to register for a Professional plan on Amazon? Here’s how
First off, make sure you have the following documents at hand:
- Valid government-issued ID or passport
- Recent bank account or credit card statement
- Your company details
- Your credit card
- Mobile number
Then, head over to Amazon Seller Central and click ‘Sign up’. If you have an existing Amazon Sellers shopping account (suited for individual sellers) you can log in with your registered mobile phone or email and enter a password.
If you've created a new company, it's best to sign up with a new email and password. Amazon has restrictions to prevent sellers from having multiple accounts, particularly if you’ve already previously registered and verified your phone number. However, Amazon allows for a second account if there’s a clear different business purpose, for example, selling new products in a different category or brand.
Once you’ve signed up or logged in, you’ll be required to provide verification with your ID documents and by scanning an image of your face. Amazon also asks for your company details if you’re registering as a company so make sure your company is registered and set up before starting your Amazon application. You’ll need your business name, business registered address and any shareholder information. If you’re not the beneficial owner of the business, you’ll need authorisation from a company director in order to register the business with Amazon.
Once this is done, you’ll need to provide a valid credit card so Amazon can take payments. You can then pick your store name on Amazon and select the product codes for your products.
Any government-registered trademarks will need to be highlighted on Amazon Brand Registry if you want to protect your intellectual property. This is an important step if you’re a private label brand. If you’re a dropshipper, then your Amazon store name should be your company name.
Finally, as an Amazon seller you’ll need to submit your tax classification as an individual or business. It's a simple W9 or W8 tax form which establishes the tax residency for receiving income from selling online. W8 is for US sellers and W9 is for non-US sellers.
If the income from the business is reported on your individual tax return, you’ll need to click on ‘individual’. Then enter your residential information where you have citizenship or where you’re a resident.
If the income is reported on your company tax return, click on ‘business’ instead. Enter your full company name, country of incorporation and the registered company address for VAT.
In total, it takes around 10 working days for Amazon to verify all your information. If you don’t hear from Amazon after this time, you can log into Amazon Seller Central and request an account status update in the help section. Do monitor emails, as Amazon may ask for additional information and documentation, which needs to be uploaded within 30 days so the application is not delayed.
Set up and link your business bank account with Amazon
Amazon needs your personal or business bank account details to process payments to you.
There’s a list of traditional and non-traditional banks (also known as payment service providers, or PSPs) that Amazon sellers can use, which can be found here. Make sure that you have a business bank account before you register as a seller on Amazon. You’ll need a currency account with local bank details. For example, if you’re selling in Amazon America, you can set up a local USD account based in the US.
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Registering your brand with Amazon for white label products
If you want to sell your own branded products on Amazon, then you need to register your Intellectual Property (IP).
If you’ve submitted an application or have an application approved, you can sign up to register your brand with Amazon. By registering your brand with Amazon, customers can search for your brand and you’ll get additional protection in case other sellers try to infringe on your IP.
Registering your brand with Amazon is a simple sign-up process and can be approved within three working days.
Choosing how you want to fulfil your orders
When setting up your Amazon account, one important thing to think about is how you want to ship your products. There are three options:
- Business to consumer (B2C) Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA): You ship your products directly to Amazon fulfilment centres. This allows you to receive your products first and inspect them before sending them on. Once your product is listed and someone makes a purchase, Amazon will fulfil the order and ship your product directly to customers on your behalf. FBA is a great way for Amazon Prime customers to find your product and enjoy same-day or next-day shipping. For more information and costs of FBA (including the fulfilment fees and costs to store in Amazon warehouses) check out the FBA seller calculator from Amazon.
- Business to consumer (B2C) Amazon Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) dropshipping: This is where you ask your supplier to ship directly to Amazon FBA warehouses. This means you don’t need to worry about storing products and sending them to Amazon. The downside is that you don’t have control over the quality of the product or how it's packaged and shipped. This could result in refunds and negative customer reviews.
- Business to consumer (B2C) non-Amazon fulfilment: Here, you choose to ship your products directly to customers once an order comes in. If you have low volumes of products to sell, this is a great way to avoid FBA fees and keep costs down. The downside is that consumers may not buy your products because they take longer to ship and any additional delivery charges could be off putting.
List your products and choose your keywords
Once your Amazon account is set up and verified, it’s time to list your products and ensure they’re fully optimised. In the ‘Seller Central’ menu, go to ‘Inventory’ and scroll down to ‘Add a product’.
You can search items by:
- Product name
- Universal Product Code (UPC)
- European Article Number (EAN)
- International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
- Amazon Serial Identification Number (ASN)
If you’re dropshipping, then you can find the UPC or EAN on the back of the product packaging and enter it in the listing product search page.
If you’re selling on Amazon for the first time and require a barcode, you can get these from different sites. Some recommendations include GS1 and Barcodes Mania. You can purchase certified barcodes which include UPCs and EANs. You’ll need to create a new listing and then:
- Enter the UPC, also known as the product ID
- Type in the product title which includes key features for keyword search
- Pick the product category you're looking to sell in
- Add your brand name if it’s a branded product
- Enter the manufacturer of the product which can be the brand name or the manufacturer
If you’re selling multiple products in different colours and sizes, such as t-shirts, then these should be added as variations.
Next, enter the price of the product, the quantities of the product you have in stock, the condition of the product and the fulfilment method (for example, are you shipping yourself or sending to FBA). Finish off the listing with product images and packaging. Once this is done, all that’s left to do is the product description and keywords. Tools, such as Jungle Scout, can help you with your product research and keyword description.
- For product description, enter all the technical information under ‘description’
- Under bullet points enter all the key information you want to highlight about the product
- For legal disclaimer, ensure that you enter all the relevant information to protect yourself
- Under keywords, enter all the search words that best describe your product so people can easily find it. Make sure there’s no infringement on trademarks or other brands’ IP
It’ll take up to a day for Amazon to verify your new listing. Once approved, you’ll be able to see the new page as it’ll appear to someone looking to buy your product.
If you want to find out more about starting and scaling your Amazon business, check out the rest of our guides here.
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