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Amazon Woos Teachers and Schools

Amazon Woos Teachers and Schools

Amazon wants teachers and school administrators to think of its marketplace when procuring items for the classroom, and Daniel Smith, Global Leader of Education at Amazon Business, published a blog post describing some of the ways educators were doing so.

A major focus of the blog post was on DonorsChoose.org, which uses Amazon Business to fulfill over half of its crowd-funding projects fulfilled by DonorsChoose.org. “Ninety-four percent of teachers have used their own money to buy school supplies for their classrooms,” Smith explained.

“DonorsChoose.org fulfills more than 250,000 projects every school year, reaching approximately 23 million K-12 students across the nation,” he said. “More than half of these projects include items fulfilled by Amazon Business each year; everything from new robotics kits and the latest tablets, to more fundamental items like paper and art supplies.”

He couldn’t resist slipping in a statement that teachers request items like Amazon’s own Kindle Fire in addition to items such as wooden pencils, glue sticks, and colored pencils – basic supplies that are among the most-requested items on DonorsChoose.org from Amazon Business.

Amazon Business provides features that make it easier businesses and organizations – including schools – to set up accounts, open access to employees, set procurement policies, and control and track expenditures. Smith explained the benefits to schools of using Amazon Business for procurement:

“Outside of crowdfunding, as schools increasingly bring their procurement online, they can work with stores that have purchasing compliance tools for their district. With Amazon Business, educators and administrators have full control over the classroom procurement process. Our shopping experience is familiar and gives teachers access to hundreds of millions of products for their students and classrooms.

“On the back end, purchasing controls can be made that require review and approvals before teachers place an order in order to maintain compliance. Additionally, Amazon Business provides schools with real-time data on every purchase, the ability to shop tax-free if eligible, pay with a purchase order and also set preferred or restricted product purchases.”

You can find Smith’s post on the Amazon Business blog. And here’s how DonorsChoose.org works from the teacher’s point of view.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.