Unnamed sources have told reporters that Amazon is looking to expand its small business (SMB) financing operations via the rollout of a commercial card for SMBs.
Reports in Fortune on Tuesday (March 13) said Amazon, which already has a relationship with JPMorgan Chase to offer consumer cards, is collaborating with the firm to develop a small business credit card for customers that use its eCommerce platform to procure office supplies.
The publication cited “people with knowledge of the matter” in its report; however, representatives from Amazon and JPMorgan declined to comment.
News of Amazon’s potential plans led to a dip in American Express (Amex) and Discover Financial Services shares, reports said. Amex is the largest issuer for small business cards in the U.S. While Amex has withheld purchase volume for this category of cards, JPMorgan has revealed small businesses spent about $72.9 billion on its card products.
More than 20,000 SMBs used Amazon to sell products and services in the U.S., the U.K. and Japan last year. A small business commercial card product would expand Amazon’s existing presence in the financial services space as well as in the B2B eCommerce space. The unnamed sources said the company hopes to integrate additional features with the card, including business insurance, linking them to an online platform. One source said the retailer is looking at using transaction data from the cards to offer more personalized rewards.
Amazon, along with other technology giants, has recently been pressing further into the small business financial services market. The company has already provided more than $3 billion in small business loans, the company revealed earlier this year.
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