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December 2, 2020 5:15 PM, EST

FedEx to Buy ShopRunner in E-Commerce Push

A FedEx employee carries a box before loading into a van at a coronavirus testing facility in New Jersey.A FedEx employee carries a box before loading into a van at a coronavirus testing facility in New Jersey on March 21. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News)

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FedEx Corp. has agreed to acquire ShopRunner, an e-commerce service that provides shipping for more than 100 brands, as the courier seeks to deepen its ties with online shoppers.

ShopRunner will operate as a subsidiary of FedEx Services once the deal is complete, the delivery giant said in a statement Dec. 2. FedEx didn’t provide financial terms of the transaction, which is expected to close by year-end.

The acquisition tightens FedEx’s embrace of surging e-commerce deliveries, adding to earlier moves such as adopting seven-day service and investing in handling large residential packages. ShopRunner allows online shoppers to choose its two-day shipping and free returns service for brands including Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Under Armour.

 

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The deal is part of FedEx’s “continued efforts to create an open, collaborative e-commerce ecosystem that helps merchants deliver seamless experiences for their customers,” said Chief Operating Officer Raj Subramaniam.

In the three-month period ending Aug. 31, sales at FedEx’s U.S. ground-delivery unit jumped 36% to $7 billion from a year earlier.

The purchase of ShopRunner “should help it further penetrate” the e-commerce market, Allison Landry, an analyst with Credit Suisse Group AG, said in a note to clients.

FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America and No. 15 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of North America’s largest logistics companies.

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