Technology Amazon reinstates FedEx Ground as a shipping option for Prime sellers

23:55  14 january  2020
23:55  14 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Amazon .com Inc. is blocking its third-party sellers from using FedEx Corp.’s ground delivery network for Prime shipments, citing a decline in The ban on using FedEx ’s Ground and Home services starts this week and will last “until the delivery performance of these ship methods improves,” according to

Amazon will no longer allow its third-party sellers to use FedEx 's ground delivery to ship Prime packages, marking a change that could affect small But it said the move may impact these small sellers ' ability to manage their businesses by limiting their options "on some of the highest shipping

Amazon is once again allowing third-party sellers to use FedEx Ground for Prime deliveries. Last month, it said it would no longer permit such that delivery method via the courier, citing poor performance. Amazon said FedEx Ground is now consistently meeting its on-time delivery requirements, so it's lifting the ban. Sellers can use that option once again starting today, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Engadget.

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The loss of FedEx ground shipping put many third-party Amazon sellers in a bind over the busy holiday period. CNBC reported some merchants had to resort to other methods, sometimes at a higher cost, for Prime orders. They were still able to use FedEx Ground for non-Prime packages, as well as FedEx Express over the holidays.

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The spokesperson said FedEx Ground and Home services have been consistently meeting Amazon 's on-time delivery requirements, so it reinstated the shipping option for Prime orders. Some sellers were forced to find a new carrier and potentially face higher upfront costs as a result.

For FedEx SmartPost shippers , did your rates go up after the weekend? I know USPS rates went up yesterday, Jan 21. I ran several shipping scenarios and every time SmartPost costs more than Ground . Its ridiculous and should have never been available as a shipping option in the first place.

FedEx might not be a permanent option for ground shipping, though. The courier said in August it wouldn't renew its ground delivery contract with Amazon's own packages (though third-party sellers could still use the service). Amazon has expanded its own delivery networkin recent years, including using drones, as it takes more direct control over distribution.

Amazon is letting sellers use FedEx Ground again .
The e-commerce giant blocked sellers from using the delivery service for Prime orders during the holiday season.The e-commerce giant sent an email to sellers stating that starting Tuesday at 2 p.m. PT, FedEx Ground and Home would become available for seller fulfilled Prime orders. An Amazon representative confirmed the details. CNBC earlier reported the news.

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