Amazon Supply’s days are numbered. Amazon Supply was born out of Small Parts, a somewhat specialty industrial parts and materials supplier that Amazon purchased a couple of years ago. Since then, it has been run as a separate industrial supply site aimed at business customers.
This morning I received an email notifying me that Amazon Supply will soon be “upgraded” to Amazon Business. The same thing happened to Amazon’s contractor and building supply trial program, but that was just a program and not a different Amazon site.
The email says:
Hello from Amazon,
We’re emailing to inform you that AmazonSupply is being upgraded to Amazon Business, a new marketplace on Amazon.com with a suite of features built for business. Effective May 13, customers who visit AmazonSupply will be redirected to Amazon.com, where they will have access to the product selection previously found on AmazonSupply.com, plus hundreds of millions of additional products. You will need to create a new account to shop on Amazon.com, and your AmazonSupply order history will not transition to your Amazon.com account.
There’s a bit more in the email about Amazon Business, but this was the important part.
Have you ever used Amazon Supply? I haven’t. The only time I remember linking to them was when they allowed purchases of a heavily discounted Fein MultiMaster even after Amazon.com sold out and delisted it. But I have bought tools, fasteners, and materials from Small Parts in the past.
This is really minor news, but I found it to be a little sad nonetheless. Not because I used Amazon Supply, but because it signals the final days of Small Parts. Ok, so maybe Small Parts faded out of existence a couple of years ago. But Amazon Supply was that last link, that last remnant of a once much-loved supplier.
I suppose I cannot complain too much. Once Amazon started fulfilling Small Parts orders, I took advantage of a lot of their fantastic tool deals.