Amazon’s off-the-shelf ecommerce service Amazon Webstore is to be discontinued. Amazon will close the service next year and has been in touch with relevant sellers who will be impacted today.
The email to customers reads: “We are writing to let you know that, effective July 1, 2016, we will discontinue the Amazon Webstore service. Your ability to sell on Amazon.com and your Selling on Amazon account will not be impacted by this change.
We realize your own website is important to your business. We will support the Webstore service until July 1, 2016 to give you 15 months to prepare for the change. Please make sure you secure all relevant data from your Webstore by July 1, 2016, as you will not have access to Amazon Webstore content or features after this date. Amazon Webstore’s data export features can be used for this purpose as you migrate to a new platform. You can find more information about what steps to take to properly export your data and close your Webstore account here.”
And whilst this is a fair period of notice, if you are using the Webstore product it’s advisable you get a move on and make other arrangements as soon as you possibly can. You can bet your bottom dollar that Amazon will not be maintaining and repairing the service with much vigour long before the deadline.
Amazon discontinued Webstores in Germany last year.