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Amazon Could Be Forced to Sell Logistics Business Under Bill

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  • Antitrust legislation would prohibit favoring its own services
  • Bill signals effort to curb Big Tech, though prospects unclear
Pramila Jayapal
Pramila Jayapal Photographer: Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner/Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. could be forced to sell its valuable logistics services division -- the network of warehouses and delivery hubs around the country that power quick delivery of online orders -- under antitrust legislation proposed by a congresswoman from Amazon’s hometown of Seattle, according to a spokesman for the lawmaker.

Washington Democrat Pramila Jayapal has proposed a bill with bipartisan support that would prevent Amazon from luring sellers to use its logistics services in exchange for preferential treatment on its busy web store. Nearly 85% of Amazon’s biggest sellers use its Fulfillment by Amazon service, paying the online retailer fees for warehouse storage, packing and shipping of their products, according to a report last October from Democratic staff on the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel.