Check It Out: Checkout by Amazon

Amazon.com developed a finished eCommerce payment solution with original features and established security for eCommerce retailers called Checkout by Amazon. It can be offered to online retail businesses with bespoke eCommerce websites as a payment or checkout option to sell physical and digital goods and to enable multiple Amazon users to utilise information kept in their Amazon accounts for buying purposes. Its functionality covers Amazon’s 1-Click ordering that is automatically enabled on every Amazon account whenever the first order is submitted, and a payment method and shipping address are entered. The reason it’s actually called 1-Click is because of an option Buy now with 1-Click, which is basically a button on any product page. By selecting it one’s order is automatically charged to the default payment method on the user’s account and delivered to the default address, skipping the shopping cart. Another important part of functionality of Checkout by Amazon is a whole set of tools for online businesses running shipping charges, sales taxes, post sales activities (cancellations, refunds, chargebacks) and promotions. Protection of purchase for customers with Amazon’s A-to-Z guarantee is crucial for Checkout by Amazon. Users are also able to co-brand their checkout pipeline with a logo via this payment solution that can be easily integrated into traders’ systems by manual processing or SOAP APIs, or downloadable CSV files.

With all its functionality Checkout by Amazon remains rather simple in use. It only requires a few steps to have it installed and ready to be up and running. Firstly it makes sense to collect the info that’s going to be needed to sign up and then actually register for the account. After that one should get the account info set up on the Seller Central website and then integrate one’s website with Checkout by Amazon. Once all of the above is done, the website with Checkout by Amazon installed is ready for launch.

Checkout by Amazon is only available in the US, UK, Germany and Luxembourg. However, merchants can deliver to a wider number of destinations: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Checkout by Amazon accepts such payment methods as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, JCB and Diner’s Club credit cards that have billing address in U.S.

Last but not least, all the orders status and purchases can be viewed on the Amazon Payments website.

Author: Elena Bizina, Marketing department of Holbi, www.holbi.co.uk. Takes particular interest in eCommerce industry to learn from top professionals and share with beginners like herself. In the past – an English teacher and a Business Development Manager, at present – a full-time mother and a part-time Assistant to Marketing Manager whose core responsibilities are researching the eCommerce industry and writing about it.