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Supply Chain Dive writes:

Amazon is finally inching its way toward direct competition with FedEx and UPS with the relaunch of its Amazon Shipping service, and experts see both benefits and potential downsides for shippers considering the ground delivery offering.

The long-awaited push by the company into last-mile services outside of orders isn’t yet a comprehensive answer for how to compete with traditional delivery giants. The ground shipping service for sellers offers delivery in two to five business days in the contiguous U.S. for orders placed on non-Amazon channels, per its website.

However, parcel industry observers say that Amazon Shipping’s promise of straightforward rates without tacked-on fees and a speedy claims resolution process could make it an appealing alternative for small businesses.

“We’re always working to develop new, innovative ways to support Amazon’s selling partners, and Amazon Shipping is another option for shipping packages to customers quickly and cost-effectively,” spokesperson Olivia Connors said in an emailed statement. “We’ve been providing this service for a while with positive feedback so we’re now making it available to more selling partners”…

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