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Drive compliance

Drive compliance

Create buying policies and approval flows that encourage buyers to adhere to your organization's purchasing ethos.

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Create a free account and drive compliance by visiting Buying Policies and Approvals under Business Settings.

  • Balance employee empowerment with purchasing control

    Balance employee empowerment with purchasing control

    Create flexible policies: identify preferred products or sellers, solicit approvals for orders over specific spend limits and from restricted sellers or categories, and block purchases from certain categories. Communicate the rationale for these policies thus empowering buyers to get what they need while adhering to organizational mandates.  

  • Steer buyers to products your organization recommends

    Steer buyers to products your organization recommends

    Identify your organization's preferred products or sellers, restrict or block product categories, to guide buyer behavior. Access this Guided Buying feature by signing up for Business Prime. Identifying preferred sellers and restricting categories is available with Business Prime small, medium, and enterprise plans while blocking categories is available with the enterprise plan.

  • Manage purchasing and avoid bottlenecks

    Manage purchasing and avoid bottlenecks

    Identify the right approver for each policy, and assign multiple approvers, each with the ability to grant permission for a faster turnaround. Enable batch approvals so that buyers get what they need, when they need it.

  • Foster transparency

    Foster transparency

    Add customized messaging to explain the rationale of buying policies to buyers. Enable approvers to clarify why they reject or ask for adjustments to order requests.

  • Standardize purchasing

    Standardize purchasing

    By guiding buyers to purchase recommended products, you can reduce the inconsistency associated with individual buyer preferences.

  • Take advantage of tax-exempt purchasing

    Take advantage of tax-exempt purchasing

    Enroll in Amazon's tax exemption program to make tax-exempt purchases of eligible products. Define policies that encourage buyers to purchase from sellers whose products are tax-exempt.

Sugar Mountain Amazon Business success story

How Sugar Mountain balances employee empowerment and purchasing controls

"Amazon Business creates a balance between empowerment and speed, while making sure we've got compliance with internal spending policies too." - Nathaniel Polky, Director of Information Systems

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Learn more about buying policies and approvals

  • Manage your budget with blanket purchase orders What's New: Feature Update

    Manage your budget with blanket purchase orders

    Increase confidence in your purchasing process by setting specific budgets for your buying groups.

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  • New buying policies and approvals hub What's New: Feature Update

    New buying policies and approvals hub

    We consolidated all buying policies and approvals flows so that customers can create and manage all policies and approval requirements in one place.

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  • Encourage buying from small and diverse businesses What's New: Feature Update

    Encourage buying from small and diverse businesses

    Support small businesses, veteran or women owned businesses and more by creating buying policies that guide employees to buy from these businesses.

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  • How buying policies and approvals help drive compliance Blog: Feature Education

    How buying policies and approvals help drive compliance

    Learn how you can balance employee empowerment while maintaining purchasing controls with buying policies and approvals.

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  • Optimize your tax-exempt buying experience Blog: Feature Education

    Optimize your tax-exempt buying experience

    Tips to make tax-exempt purchases on Amazon Business.

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  • New Guided Buying Feature: UNSPSC Classifications Blog: Feature Update

    New Guided Buying Feature: UNSPSC Classifications

    Learn how to set up policies that rstrict product categories based on United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (USNPSC) classifications.

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