Amazon is testing a new system for its third-party marketplace sellers. Instead of sellers sending packages to consumers, Amazon picks up the merchandise from the sellers and delivers it directly to the customer:
“In a note, Credit Suisse called the Seller Flex test ‘more noise than anything of substance’ and believes handling such third-party merchant deliveries would largely impact the USPS. But others felt that Amazon may be able to use smaller delivery partners like XPO Logistics and JB Hunt Transport Services instead of UPS and FedEx.”
Supplier Takeaway: The Retail Logistics Battlefield
Amazon and Walmart aren’t just competing for customers, they are competing in every aspect of the retail business. This latest from Amazon is just a test, but the fact that it is happening indicates that Amazon wants to maximize the efficiency of its logistics.