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Geodis in US links to Shopify, Amazon

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European third-party logistics services provider Geodis has expanded its position in U.S. e-commerce by recently integrating its system with online marketplaces Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN).

“As online shopping has accelerated, Geodis is constantly strengthening and evolving our IT solutions to provide the brands we serve with easy, efficient and effective ways to get their products to consumers,” said Pal Narayanan, the company’s chief information officer in the Americas.

The 3PL’s integration with Shopify allows it to fulfill online orders and provide real-time data between the digital marketplace and supply chain services.

The integration with Amazon allows Geodis to provide “drop shipping” for customers. “This enables brands to sell products through Amazon while continuing to utilize Geodis as its logistics partner to fulfill orders and ship directly to the end customer,” Geodis said.

Geodis this year has expanded its logistics services for e-commerce shippers, realizing the uptick in online orders and deliveries of shipments that have been accelerated by ongoing coronavirus pandemic social distancing requirements.

In September, the 3PL introduced MyParcel, a four-to-six-day, end-to-end transport service for online purchases between U.S. retailers and European customers. The service’s all-in rate is promoted as cheaper than two-to-three-day international express and closer to postal rates, without the 8-to-12-day or longer transits.

Geodis will also hire up to 8,000 seasonal employees in the U.S. to handle an anticipated surge in freight volumes due to online shopping during the end-of-year holidays. The company cited a recent eMarketer report that forecasts e-commerce shipments will increase 18% to $709.78 billion this year.

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Chris Gillis

Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris Gillis primarily reports on regulatory and legislative topics that impact cross-border trade. He joined American Shipper in 1994, shortly after graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in international business and economics.