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Small business owners will be getting a new outlet to buy supplies online, courtesy of Amazon.

Amazon Business, a shopping site tailored to business owners, is set to roll out next month, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The site will require a business license to use and will replace the existing Amazon Supply in mid-May, a company vice president, Prentis Wilson, told the Journal.

Amazon Business will specialize in the type of equipment most businesses now turn to catalogs or specialty sites to purchase. But, according to the report, it also will offer items including business supplies and computer accessories at discounted rates.

The Journal quoted two examples: a Belkin iPad air case for $23.81, compared with $29.81 on, and a Fellowes adjustable keyboard tray at $191.43, compared with $209.82.

Wilson said the site would feature “hundreds of millions” of items. Among them will be business-specific and industrial pieces that may not generate much interest on Amazon’s main shopping site.

In other ways, the Journal reported, Amazon Business will behave much like Amazon itself. Members of Amazon Prime still will receive free two-day shipping on items from the site.

The site initially will be available only in the United States, Wilson told the paper.

Doug Gross is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow him on Twitter @doug_gross and on Google+.

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