Amazon adds 5% ‘fuel and inflation surcharge’ to seller fees | Business

Amazon is taking a step to offset its rising prices, saying that it’ll add a 5% “fuel and inflation surcharge” to charges it costs third-party sellers who use the e-commerce large’s fulfilment providers.

The Seattle-based firm mentioned on its web site that the added charges, which take impact April 28, are “subject to change” and can apply to each attire and non-apparel gadgets.

The most recent price hike follows one introduced in November and went into impact in January.

Amazon did not instantly reply to a request for additional particulars on the latest transfer. However in a discover despatched to sellers Wednesday, the corporate mentioned its prices had gone up for the reason that starting of the COVID-19 pandemic as a consequence of will increase in hourly wages, the hiring of employees and building of extra warehouses.

It mentioned it had absorbed prices each time attainable, and solely elevated charges to deal with everlasting prices and to be aggressive with different suppliers.

Amazon rivals FedEx and UPS each have gasoline surcharges.

“In 2022, we expected a return to normalcy as COVID-19 restrictions around the world eased, but fuel and inflation have presented further challenges,” the corporate mentioned within the discover.

Federal knowledge launched Tuesday confirmed inflation jumped 8.5% in March, its quickest tempo in additional than 40 years. 

Gasoline costs have rocketed 48% previously 12 months.

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