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Amazon Delays Hike in Fees It Charges Merchants Until June

  • Largest online retailer to hold fees steady in U.S., EU, Japan
  • UPS, FedEx had already announced shipping price increases
Trucks leave an Amazon delivery station in Carlstadt, New Jersey.
Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
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Amazon.com Inc. says it will delay raising fees it charges independent sellers to store and ship items until June, a gesture to merchants who have sometimes bristled at the rising costs of doing business with the company.

In a blog post to sellers, Jeff Wilke, the outgoing chief executive officer of Amazon’s retail unit, noted that other logistics companies have already announced fee increases. “In a normal year we’d be doing the same,” he wrote. “But this isn’t a normal year and we’ve made the decision to postpone our annual fulfillment fee adjustments and continue to absorb the costs we are incurring on your behalf.”