Small Parts has been one of my all-time favorite distributors. They were acquired by Amazon a couple of years ago, and served as the foundation for the industrial department of Amazon.com.
Amazon has now converted Small Parts into what they’re calling Amazon Supply. Amazon Supply is described as a beta service, but it looks like Amazon is serious about becoming a major player in the industrial, scientific, and office supply market.
All the products sold via Amazon Supply are also available via Amazon.com, but there are added benefits for industrial customers, such as a business line of credit, and 365-day returns. You can also sign in with your existing Amazon.com account.
It will be interesting to see how Amazon Supply evolves. A while back we wrote about Amazon’s Contractor Supply, which is also still in beta. We don’t know of anyone that uses Amazon to deliver building supplies direct to the jobsite, but it’s still a neat idea. Hopefully the industrial supply shop won’t fall victim to the same 2-year beta limbo as the contractor supply program.
What do you guys think of the navigation structure? Personally, I’m not impressed, but it’s usable.