Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) third-party sellers broke a record in 2014, selling more than 2 billion items worldwide. The number of sellers using the e-commerce company's Fulfillment by Amazon service grew more than 65 percent and now totals more than 2 million. These transactions account for more than 40 percent of all units sold on Amazon.
"It's been a record-setting year for selling on Amazon. We're seeing strong growth from sellers listing their items across our global marketplaces. In fact, there are now more than a billion offers for customers to browse from sellers who are listing items for sale outside their home country," said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace. "The growth of mobile and the introduction of the Amazon Seller App have also been a big win for sellers this year. Sellers are constantly telling us they value the flexibility of managing their businesses on-the-go from their tablets and mobile devices."
Sellers using the Amazon Marketplace services have the ability to ship products directly to customers while offering Prime membership benefits, and streamlined cross-border trade for those exporting to customers around the world.
Amazon Payments recently expanded the availability of Login and Pay with Amazon, making it easier to use the information already stored in their Amazon accounts on thousands of websites. In the fall, the system became available in the U.K. and Germany. The payment tool, which helps streamline the checkout process, was launched in the United States last October.
In addition, third-party units shipped worldwide grew more than 50 percent during the holiday season. 2014 was an important holiday selling season for Amazon in general. Just after Christmas, the company announced that its Prime subscription membership had grown by 10 million customers worldwide.
Sellers on Amazon hail from more than 100 countries and fulfill orders to customers in 185 countries. Sellers in China and Hong Kong with international sales grew 80 percent year-over-year.
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