Like many major corporations, Amazon can be rather discrete with their sales figures. It may come as a surprise, then, that they've started 2015 by releasing a whole host of data related primarily to third party sellers on the Amazon marketplace. As you might expect, the numbers are astounding. In 2014 Amazon shipped a staggering two billion orders from third party sellers on its marketplace, which accounted for around 40% of their overall sales for the entire year. This means that overall the company shipped around five billion items worldwide.
The focus of the press release, however, was on their international development, stating that in 2014 they "continued to remove barriers for cross-border sellers to help reach customers worldwide", most notably by expanding "recruitment for new sellers and selection from emerging regions including Australia, South Korea and Singapore". This was expanded upon by Peter Faircy, the head of Amazon's marketplace and third party selling operations, who said in no uncertain terms that cross-border selling had increased dramatically throughout 2014. He stated that 2014 was "a record-setting year for selling on Amazon" and that it saw "strong growth from sellers listing their items across our global marketplaces", with over "a billion offers for customers to browse from sellers who are listing items for sale outside their home country".
So what do these statistics tell us? Well for Amazon at least, 2014 saw the emergence of a whole new globalised marketplace, which as a seller can only ever be a good thing. Offering cross-border ecommerce opens up a whole market for your products, and third party sellers on Amazon marketplace are now reaping the rewards of selling to customers worldwide. It meant that traders on Amazon from 100 countries were able to sell to customers in 185 countries around the world, and massively increased their yearly sales.
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You can find the detailed press release on the Amazon Media Room at the following link: phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml