Retail Consultant Takes on UPS, FedEx Over Shipping Rates

A lawsuit against shippers Fedex and UPS alleging antitrust violations is brewing and may come to a head shortly, reports.

AFMS Logistics Management Group, a shipping consultant to retailers and other shippers, has filed a complaint in federal court charging United Parcel Service of America Inc. and FedEx Corp. of antitrust violations by refusing to work with AFMS and similar firms to revise rate contracts on behalf of shipping clients. The suit may seek up to $60 million in damages.

UPS will vigorously defend itself against the AFMS complaint, a spokeswoman told InternetRetailer. “Our take is that the lawsuit is trying to require UPS to deal with its customers through an intermediary — and that only adds costs for our customers,” she said. Fedex had no comment.

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