The city of commerce is making commerce smarter, and it’s making it cheaper.
On Thursday, Amazon will begin listing new retail products and services in its new “craft and merchandise” section, making it easier for shoppers to find, shop and sell goods in cities across the country.
While many other retailers, like Target and Walmart, are already selling products in this section, Amazon says the new listing will be available for all retailers.
In cities like Boston, Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco, it’s possible to buy the latest technology, electronics, apparel and accessories, as well as clothing, shoes and electronics from Amazon and other retailers.
This new listing should be helpful for shoppers looking for new and interesting products that they can buy on Amazon, said Matt Taggart, president of business development for Amazon’s commerce department.
The new listings are meant to help cities build relationships with Amazon and the retailers that are listed, Taggard said.
“We want to be the best retailer and have the best customers, so we want to bring our best product and service to the people of those cities,” he said.
Amazon says its new listings will be added to Amazon Prime and its own marketplace.
If a city uses its Prime service, Amazon automatically links its listings to Amazon’s Prime shopping service.
Amazon will list the products and goods at a specific price point, as opposed to the traditional listing price, Tegar said.
Amazon’s prime members can shop for products and select retailers with the ease of a traditional shopping cart.
In addition to offering the new listings, Amazon is launching an app that will allow shoppers to search for a store’s product and find the best deal, he said, adding that Prime members can use the app to shop for specific products, such as clothes, electronics and apparel.
I think that is really a good way to start the conversation, Tagan said.
I think that we need to be talking about the consumer and getting to the heart of the issue.
That’s a great idea, said John Koczela, the CEO of The Business Alliance for Innovation in Manufacturing, a nonprofit that advocates for more manufacturing jobs.
When you have to pay a premium for products, we need that conversation to happen, said Koczela, who is also president of the American Council on Science and Technology.
We want Amazon to be more efficient, and the best way to do that is by listing the products at a reasonable price, Koczona said.
“You should be able to find the products, but if it’s more expensive than the competition, you’re missing out,” he added.
Taggart said Amazon is trying to find ways to make its new listing more accessible to consumers and businesses alike, but it is not yet available in all cities.
Amazon is adding the new offerings to the marketplace so people can shop from home, without the hassle of driving to the store or having to drive anywhere, he added, adding: “This is really exciting.”
Taggard noted that the new shopping experience could also help Amazon create a more competitive environment for retailers.