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Amazon’s logistics business is helping the company finally tap into the Chinese market, after facing difficulties gaining traction with their online retail services in the country.

The Financial Times reports that the company’s shipping push is quietly growing, and competitors are taking notice.

Head of logistics consultancy Transport Intelligence, John Manners-Bell notes of Amazon’s logistics business that “they are only a bit player at the momet (…) but they could come into competition with FedEx, UPS, and DHL quite quickly.”

Amazon’s main rival on the global online retail scene, China’s Alibaba, will also be watching closely. The Chinese competitor does not own logistics infrastructure of its own.