Friday, January 15, 2016

Amazon poised to take on UPS, FedEx in delivery business

Employees work inside Amazon’s 300,000-square-foot sorting center in Kent. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)Within a few weeks, Amazon.com will begin competing directly with longtime partners United Parcel Service, FedEx and DHL.

But not in the United States. At least, not yet.

Sometime in the first quarter, Amazon is expected to acquire the 75 percent of the French package-delivery company Colis PrivĂ© that it doesn’t already own. Though the French company is small relative to the multinational giants that move Amazon parcels around the globe, the acquisition will be the biggest step yet that the online retail giant has taken to move into the business of delivering packages for others, as well as itself.. . . more

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