U.S. Communities

Amazon Business

It's everything you love about Amazon, for Business.

 
Overview

Amazon Business has everything you love about Amazon, tailored for the public sector, including state and local government agencies, public and private K-12 school districts and higher education organizations, and nonprofit businesses. With tax-exempt purchasing, price discounts and other features optimized for the public sector, Amazon Business is a powerful procurement option for your organization.

Find everything you need, including books, classroom or office supplies, toys, and more. Get access to millions of products offered exclusively to Amazon Business customers. Enroll as many users you need on a single account, create approval workflows and use POs to track orders.

The U.S. Communities contract can help you improve the way you buy items for work. “Amazon Business delivers the buying experience our end-users want, and we are thrilled to provide the contract vehicle for this extensive nationwide online marketplace,” said Anthony Crosby, Administrative Coordinator of Purchasing for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCPS). PWCPS serves as the lead public agency for the contract, which was awarded to Amazon Business after completing a competitive solicitation and thorough evaluation process.

Products & Solutions

From office supplies to musical instruments to those hard to find items. Amazon Business offers millions of business products, and we’re adding more business items and suppliers every day. Whether it’s a 3D printer, art supplies or books, you’ll find it on Amazon Business. Below are the awarded categories through the U.S. Communities contract. 

  • Office Supplies
  • Classroom, School, Art Supplies and materials
  • Home and Kitchen
  • Books
  • Musical Instruments
  • Audio Visual and Electronics
  • Higher Education Scientific Equipment and Lab Supplies
  • Clothing
  • Animal Supplies, Equipment and Food
  • Hard to Find Items

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Categories & Products

Features & Benefits

Amazon Business has the tools your team requires to purchase whatever your organization needs.

Multi-user accounts

Connect your team, create purchasing groups to match your org structure, and share payment methods.

Approval workflows

Customize your order approvals, set spending limits and manage your organization's buying on Amazon.

Payment methods

Use your corporate purchasing cards or arrange a line of credit. Share payment methods across your organization.

Reporting and analytics

Track and monitor spending within your organization with dynamic charts and data tables.

Enable spend controls

Manage authorized purchasers, set spending limits and approve shopping carts before users buy.

Tax-exempt purchasing

If your organization is eligible for tax-exempt purchasing, enroll in the Amazon Tax Exemption Program.

Shipping

2018 Business Prime Shipping

Amazon Business will provide complimentary access and use of Business Prime Shipping for participating agencies when utilizing the U.S. Communities' contract for the remainder of the complimentary period ending January 14, 2019.

The complimentary benefit allows all users on an Amazon Business account utilizing the U.S. Communities contract to receive free 2-day shipping on eligible prime items, no matter the order size. 

If you are an existing Amazon Business customer who has worked with a customer advisor to activate the U.S. Communities contract, please click here to express your interest in taking advantage of this benefit. Once this step is completed, please expect an e-mail from no-reply@amazon.com with the subject line “Amazon.com - Following up about our exclusive offer”. In this e-mail, you will find a clickable link inviting you to “activate now” - clicking this link will enable the Business Prime Benefit for all users on the account for the duration of 2018. Please note that the benefit is not enabled until this link is clicked.

If you are an existing Amazon Business customer who has activated the U.S. Communities contract and are having trouble activating your complimentary shipping benefit, please reach out to your Amazon Business customer advisor or send an e-mail requesting assistance to uscommunities@amazon.com.

If you are an NOT an existing Amazon Business customer, please follow the three steps below (under “Get Started Today”) – after doing so, please expect outreach from an Amazon Business customer advisor. The customer advisor will work with you to understand your agencies’ needs, will facilitate activation of the contract, and will provide instructions on how to enable your complimentary shipping benefit, should you choose to take advantage of the benefit.

2019 Business Prime

If you are taking advantage of your exclusive complimentary Business Prime shipping offer, your shipping benefits expire on January 14th. Upon expiration of these benefits, you will not be auto-enrolled/auto-renewed into any paid shipping program, and will be able to choose the shipping option/plan that best fits your needs.

We are excited to announce that our Business Prime program now provides benefits beyond shipping such as Spend Analytics and Guided Buying - if you are currently taking advantage of your complimentary Business Prime offer, be sure to check out all the new, exciting business tools and benefits* available exclusively to Business Prime members. You will be able to enjoy these benefits for the remainder of the complimentary period ending January 14th.

If, after January 14, you choose to not move forward with a paid Business Prime program, you will be able to take advantage of free standard on orders over $25.  

*Public Sector plans and pricing are available to U.S. federal, state, local, and regional government entities, public education organizations, non-profit private universities, and public healthcare organizations and facilities with over 100 users on their Amazon Business account. Cancel anytime. Membership fees may change over time. The Public Sector plan is priced at $3,499 per year compared to $10,099 per year – please contact your customer advisor to learn more.  

Getting Started

Getting Started

How do I purchase from Amazon Business via U.S. Communities? Is there a cost?
Amazon Business customers must be registered as participants of U.S. Communities in order to use the contract. Please 
Register to Participate. There are no costs, minimum quantity requirements or spend limits with U.S. Communities or to create an Amazon Business account.

To get started, follow these steps:

Register for a FREE Amazon Business account by clicking here.
Already have an Amazon Business account and registered with U.S. Communities? Please enroll to use the contract by completing the contract enrollment form below.    

Complete the contract enrollment form by clicking here. Once you complete the form, an Amazon Business Customer Advisor will contact you within three business days to complete the registration process. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Amazon Business account?  
Amazon Business allows registered agencies and their designated users to shop for business supplies on Amazon Business. Accounts can have multiple users, and those users can make purchases on Amazon Business on behalf of their organization. Administrators can add and manage business account users and features, such as payment methods and shipping addresses, approval workflows, and reporting options.  Additional features include:

  • Price discounts: Access price and quantity discounts reserved for Amazon Business accounts on more than 7 million items.
  • Tax-exempt purchasing: If your organization is eligible for tax-exempt purchasing, enroll in the Amazon Tax Exemption Program.
  • Payment solutions: Choose the payment method that works best for your business, whether it is a purchasing card or line of credit.
  • Enable spend controls: Manage authorized purchasers, set spending limits and approve shopping carts before users buy.
  • Reporting and analytics: Track and monitor spending within your organization with dynamic charts and data tables.
  • Purchasing-system integration: We are enabled as a catalog on more than 30 leading systems. Configure your system and start shopping. Learn more.

My state has bid requirements. Can agencies in my state use this program without going out to bid?
This contract has been competitively bid by Prince William County Public Schools, a public agency. Through the Joint Powers Authority or an inter-local agreement, local and state agencies can "piggy-back" this competitive bid contract through U.S. Communities. This satisfies the competitive bid requirements in most states. See state statutes on intergovernmental purchasing.

How do I know if my agency has already adopted the Amazon Business contract?
Please complete the contract registration form by clicking here. Once you complete the form, an Amazon Business Customer Advisor will contact you within 3 business days. 

What are the benefits of the Amazon Business and U.S. Communities contract?  
Amazon Business has everything you love about Amazon with the compliance you trust from U.S. Communities. 

  • Purchase through a contract competitively awarded by Prince William County Schools
  • Gain access to hundreds of millions of products
  • There are no minimum spending requirements; no cost or commitment.

What categories can be purchased on Amazon Business through the U.S. Communities contract?  
The contract provides access to the Amazon Business marketplace where organizations can purchase across 10 categories and more, including books, office supplies, classroom and art supplies, home and kitchen items, scientific and lab equipment, musical instruments, audio-visual and electronics, clothing, animal supplies and other hard-to-find products. 

Are there any states excluded from using the Amazon Business contract through U.S. Communities?
All Amazon Business customers registered as participants of the U.S. Communities purchasing cooperative are able to use the contract. 

 

Get Started Today!

Step 1: Registered with U.S. Communities?

Register Now

If already a participating agency, proceed to Step 2. 

Step 2: Create account with Amazon Business

Sign Up

Sign up for a free Amazon Business account. 

Step 3: Enroll to use the contract

Enroll Today

Contact an Amazon Business Customer Advisor to complete enrollment.


*If you are registered with U.S. Communities and have an Amazon Business account, you must Enroll Today to get connected to the U.S. Communities contract. If you do not have an Amazon Business account, you must go through a two-step process to Sign-up and Enroll Today to get connected to the U.S. Communities contract.

 
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