Amazon Lending: Small Business is Big Business

15. March 2018.

There is a certain elegance to an Amazon retail transaction; just about anything you ever need in life is available through the search bar. Payment is seamless as you select your pre-selected card-on-file.

Similar to the process engineering on the “buy” side, the “sell” side of the equation receives similar design through the cycle, culminating into advance payment and business credit.

  • Another reason that lending figures have climbed is because of the revolution of online retail that is lead by Amazon.
  • There is a lot of demand to fund commercial real estate.
  • While mall construction has essentially halted, ecommerce has caused a boom in the construction of warehouses and other industrial buildings.
  • Meanwhile, Amazon, which enabled small companies to sell their products globally by providing a reliable online platform and ease of payment, has gotten into small business lending.

Somewhere between the A-Z approach for Amazon is a quest to serve the full cycle of sales and finance.

  • Overall Amazon Lending has made more than $3 billion in business loans ranging from $1,000 to $750,000 since 2011 to help small and medium businesses selling on Amazon to grow their business.

We will not likely see Amazon National Bank, their moves in credit cards, potentially checking accounts with business partners and small business lending make them a force on both the buy and sell sides of the equation.

Overview by Brian Riley, Director, Credit Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group

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