Amazon.com Inc has lifted restrictions established during the holiday shopping season that had prevented third-party merchants from shipping packages with FedEx Corp’s ground service.
Amazon had abruptly banned FedEx at the busiest time of year, saying its ground service was too slow — highlighting the e-commerce giant’s growing power over how products are shipped to shoppers.
Amazon told sellers the ban would be lifted effective 5pm New York time on Tuesday, an e-mail said.
FedEx shares jumped as much as 3.3 percent on the news.
“This is good news for our mutual customers who have come to rely on the FedEx Ground offering,” FedEx said in an e-mailed statement. “Our service levels have been very strong throughout a historic peak season.”
After Amazon banned merchants from using FedEx less than two weeks before Christmas, merchants had to find alternative ways to make deliveries, including through United Parcel Service Inc’s ground service.
Amazon declined to comment.
The Seattle-based company’s ban on third-party shippers using FedEx followed a dispute between the two companies, after FedEx failed to renew a delivery contract.
Amazon examines its delivery providers’ performance each year to determine order cutoff times for the holidays.
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