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Third-Party Sellers On Amazon Saw 2016 Boom

Amazon shipped over 2 billion items worldwide in 2016 for third-party sellers on its marketplace using its fulfillment services - more than double the figure from 2015 - while FBA-shipped items grew 50 percent during the holiday season, the company reported.

Reports have estimated Amazon handles more than half of all holiday ecommerce sales in the U.S.

The company’s Seller Fulfilled Prime program, in which select merchants handle Prime’s free two-day or next-day shipping guarantee, saw millions of orders processed last year.

Late-year union issues in the form of labor actions by Amazon Prime Air pilots, however, represented a minor speed bump for the company.

Some other 2016 statistics from Amazon include:

• Active sellers using the FBA service grew more than 70 percent worldwide

• Outside the U.S., FBA units shipped grew more than 80 percent

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