Madrid, 9thApril 2019 – Amazon today announces that Spanish-based small and medium enterprises achieved record export sales of over €400 million in 2018, a growing path of more than 50% year on year. There are more than 8,000 Spanish SMEs selling on Amazon in 2018, with more than 75% exporting their products to customers mainly in Europe and some of them around the world.
“Small and medium-sized enterprises are an integral part of Amazon’s DNA and we support them in the digitalization path as well as in reinvesting in their core business and local communities through new jobs creation” said Mariangela Marseglia, Country Manager Amazon.it and Amazon.es. “SMEs complement our retail business and we’ll continue to help them selling on Amazon as they are a boost for the Spanish economy”.
In Europe, Amazon supports over 130,000 SMEs through a suite of support tools and services to run their digital business and to sell globally across Amazon's 19 websites, in 12 languages, reaching millions of potential new customers. Independent Spanish businesses employ more than 10,000 people in Spain to run their sales activities on Amazon; Amazon’s Marketplace business fuels more than 200,000 jobs in Europe and over 900,000 jobs worldwide for people who’ve started or are growing their own businesses by selling on Amazon.
“We keep providing to SMEs selling on Amazon tools, support and advice to expand their potentials and provide greater selection to customers”, said Frank Ryan, Head of Marketplace, Amazon.es. “Websites like Amazon make it easier for Spanish SMEs to break into overseas countries and to go global reaching new customers outside the homeland”.
To make all of this possible, Amazon has invested more than €27 billion in Europe and €1.1 billion in Spain only since 2010 in jobs, infrastructure, real estate, services and content including building the online services and fulfilment network to support the rapid growth of independent small businesses selling on Amazon. Millions of SMEs worldwide now sell on Amazon in over 180 Countries and help to increase selection and drive competition on prices for customers. Amazon provides global delivery and distribution and manages customer services in the local language as well as translates hundreds of millions of product listings each year, enabling them to sell internationally with little additional effort. As a result, more than 50,000 SMEs selling on Amazon surpassed $500,000 in sales in Amazon’s stores worldwide and nearly 200,000 exceeded $100,000 in 2018. Independent businesses selling on Amazon contribute with 52% of all sales on Amazon's global sites: SMES export products to customers across Europe, North America, Japan and India.
Note to Editors: The number of employees of Amazon third-party sellers is estimated based on an internal poll of businesses selling Amazon, conducted by independent consultancy firm Keystone Strategy.