U.S. third-party sellers on Amazon sold over 3.8 billion products between Aug. 2020- Aug. 2021, up from 3.4 billion during the same period in the previous year. U.S. merchants recorded an average of $200,000 in sales, up from $170,000 during the same period in the previous year.
- Third-party sellers account for ~60% of Amazon's e-commerce revenue, which grew by 15% in Q2 to an unspecified amount.
- The company says 50% of its ~500,000 U.S. merchants used its Fulfillment by Amazon service, which boosted sales by an average of 20%-25%.
- Amazon launched its third-party marketplace in 2000, and it now has "nearly 2 million" sellers.
- Amazon said it invested $18B in multiple initiatives to support third-party sellers.
- The company says it absorbed over $5B of increased costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of merchants.
- A link to Amazon's 2021 Small Business Empowerment Report is available here.