Amazon Could Be Forced to Sell Logistics Business Under BillBy and
Antitrust legislation would prohibit favoring its own services
Bill signals effort to curb Big Tech, though prospects unclear
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.