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Today’s Pickup: Amazon reportedly tests inventory staging for merchants

Storage and Replenishment service allows products to be stored near fulfillment centers to allow faster restocking during the holiday rush.

Good day,

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is reportedly testing a new service that allows merchants to stage inventories near fulfillment centers to meet holiday demand 

Amazon is piloting the new service, called Storage and Replenishment, in Ontario, California, and plans to expand it elsewhere in the U.S., Bloomberg reported on Dec. 2, citing documents it reviewed

The e-commerce giant is looking for a way to handle larger holiday volumes. The service aims to alleviate pressure off its primary facilities while minimizing restocking times.

It also comes as Amazon faces growing criticism for its warehousing model. A recent report by Reveal Center for Investigative Reporting and The Atlantic found serious injury rates double the national average at some Amazon facilities. 

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Final thoughts:

Amazon’s foray into staging inventories comes as it faces increased competition in fulfillment and warehousing – particularly from Shopify. 

Shopify’s nascent Fulfillment Network is leveraging newly acquired technology from 6 River Systems that will make it easier to bring third-party warehouses with unused capacity into their fold. 

Hammer down everyone!

Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist and producer who covers cybersecurity and cross-border trucking and logistics for FreightWaves. He spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at