Setting Up Your Automotive Store on Amazon

My client was thrilled when Amazon contacted him. They were inviting him to set up a store on the popular Amazon website based on the comprehensive nature of his own successful website (which I am proud to have designed, constructed, and maintain for him.) Since he is busy running his business, he asked if I could handle this task for him.

That would include all communications with Amazon, meeting their technical requirements for providing content via their own proprietary software, as well as upload and testing of the store through to successful implementation. 

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Obstacle Number One:

The first hurdle to clear involved my working on a Mac. It seems that Amazon's software, called the Amazon Seller Desktop or ASD, does not work with the Macintosh operating system. It must work within a Windows environment.

But the Amazon technical staff assured me that there were many third-party providers who could handle this task for me, which would cost my client an arm and a leg, and cut me out of the picture. Since my client's website has more than 175 automobile accessory products, this was no small matter.

Luckily, because Apple Computer allows me to run both Windows and Macintosh operating systems simultaneously, I already had Windows loaded on my computer through a program called Parallels. Granted, I was no Windows expert, nor aficionado, but I always proceed with the assumption that I will persevere if I just keep my nose to the grindstone.

My Amazon technical support contact had never worked with someone in my situation previously, so she had no idea whether the software she would send me would be able to be installed. But we agreed to give it a shot.