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Amazon Resumes Using FedEx Ground Network for Prime Shipments

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Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) has removed the ban, which was temporarily put on the usage of FedEx’s (FDX - Free Report) ground delivery network for its Prime shipments that require superfast delivery speed.

Notably, third-party sellers were unable to use the service for about a month during the peak holiday season as Amazon was of the opinion that the network was very slow.

However, Amazon has witnessed improvement in the network’s speed. The network service met the company’s on-time delivery requirements.

Reportedly, 18% of ground packages were delivered early during this holiday season.

Move to Benefit

The move is likely to pacify tensions between Amazon and FedEx to some extent.

Additionally, it is likely to address the interests of third-party sellers on, who were restricted from using ground network and had to opt for pricier alternatives for faster deliveries during the peak holiday season.

This will also strengthen the company’s relationship with sellers, who are very crucial for its e-commerce business.

We note that third-party sellers account for more than half the business on the company’s e-commerce site.

Wrapping Up

We believe a strong seller base and aggressive retail strategies are likely to continue aiding the performance of its online-retail business.

Further, the company’s growing initiatives toward strengthening its delivery system is noteworthy. Strong endeavors of Amazon toward delivering packages on time reflect its customer-oriented focus.

Additionally, ultrafast deliveries are key catalysts as these increase Prime adoption rate, which is a major positive.

Expansion of the company’s free one-day shipping service namely Prime Free One Day service, which now covers over 10 million products under the categories such as beauty products, baby products, books, daily necessities and devices across the United States, is a tailwind.

All these factors are expected to continue aiding Amazon in sustaining its dominant position in the booming e-commerce market.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Currently, Amazon carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the retail-wholesale sector that can be considered are Zumiez (ZUMZ - Free Report) and Walmart (WMT - Free Report) . While Zumiez sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Walmart carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Long-term earnings growth rate for Zumiez and Walmart is pegged at 12% and 4.95%, respectively.

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