Amazon Ends FedEx Ground Shipping Ban

Amazon Jan. 14 announced it has resumed using FedEx Ground shipping for e-commerce deliveries. The retail giant made news last month when it informed third-party sellers it had halted using FedEx Ground for Prime shipments, citing poor delivery performance.

The renewal upped FedEx shares, while enabling Amazon to offset in-house shipments via branded Mercedes Sprinter vans. The company made news last year when it announced an order for 20,000 Sprinter vans — the largest commercial vehicle contract for Mercedes.

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In a media statement, Amazon said FedEx Ground and Home services had been meeting the e-commerce giant’s delivery requirements since the winter holidays.

Amazon reportedly shipped 275 million packages over the winter holidays through more than 50 fulfillment centers, Sprinter vans, leased cargo planes, the United Postal Service and UPS (180 million combined packages).

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