Amazon lifts FedEx Ground restriction for third-party sellers

  • In Business
  • 2020-01-15 00:22:11Z

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Amazon's temporary ban on FedEx Ground shipments for third-party sellers has ended, the e-commerce titan said.

With FedEx Ground and Home now meeting on-time delivery requirements, Ground's service for seller-fulfilled Amazon Prime shipments resumed Tuesday, Amazon said.

The reintroduction of FedEx Ground comes nearly a month after Amazon said it would restrict sellers from using it to ensure customers got their orders on time during the busy holiday shipping season.

On Tuesday, FedEx said Amazon's move was "good news for our mutual customers who have come to rely on the FedEx Ground offering."

More than half of the items sold on Amazon come from third-party sellers, who post their goods for sale on Amazon's online marketplace.

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FedEx said in December the decision affected "a very small number of shippers" but limited options for businesses selling products through Amazon. FedEx Ground remained an option for standard shipments and third-party vendors could still use FedEx Express for Prime shipments.

Still, Amazon's action added another wrinkle to its strife with the Memphis logistics giant. FedEx ended its Express and Ground contracts with Amazon last year, while Amazon has become better equipped to handle much of its own volume.

FedEx said the average transit time for ground packages during its peak holiday season was 2.42 days; 18% of the packages were delivered early. Amazon Prime members, who pay a $119 annual fee, are supposed to get packages designated as Prime in two days or less.

Contributing: Associated Press

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This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Amazon lifts FedEx Ground restriction for third-party Prime shipments


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