The rumours are true: Amazon Belgium is coming!
Exciting news for Belgians! Amazon is opening up a new market: Amazon.com.be.
Shoppers there have previously used Amazon’s French, German and Dutch platforms, but the new marketplace will make things simpler for sellers and shoppers alike.
With the new dedicated marketplace, Amazon is planning to open a delivery station in Antwerp this autumn, creating 50 jobs and securing work for 200 drivers through local delivery companies.
This is in addition to Amazon Logistics’ move last year to expand partnerships with local delivery companies, improving its delivery service for customers in Belgium.
1,000 Belgian companies already
Belgium’s already a strong market for Amazon, with people in different regions buying heavily from Amazon.fr, Amazon.nl and Amazon.de for many years.
According to Amazon, the first purchase made in Belgium – of a DVD of the Denzel Washington movie Training Day – was in June 2002.
Amazon reports that more than 1,000 Belgian SMEs are already selling on Amazon marketplaces.
It says Amazon.com.be will be “a home for Belgian businesses – small and large – and empower them to grow their online business both in Belgium and abroad.”
Sellers who want to register on Amazon.com.be can do so now, at sell.amazon.com.be
The marketplace will open to consumers in the coming months.
Operating in Belgium
For Amazon, creating a dedicated marketplace in any country raises awareness of the Amazon brand in the country, and it obviously sees Belgium as a strong growth market. A local platform offers a lot of added value for brands and customers.
Amazon Belgium will become the preferred eCommerce site for Belgian sellers, allowing them to expand their business in Belgium, in addition to all the other existing marketplaces. Operating from their home country, using Amazon’s new Antwerp base, should drive huge efficiencies in costs and logistics. Brands are then able to diversify their sales channels and reach more customers.
While Belgian customers already had access to Amazon in their own language, either in French via Amazon.fr or, since 2020, in Dutch via Amazon.nl, the new platform will give Belgian customers the chance to find local offers from a wide range of products.
Prime for growth
But above all, they will also benefit from faster delivery. Plenty of Belgian customers have already subscribed to Prime membership on one of the neighbouring countries’ marketplaces: these customers will now benefit from this service on Amazon Belgium, which means they’ll get their orders faster.
We see it as a huge opportunity for small and large Belgian brands to grow their online business in Belgium and abroad.
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