On May 3rd, Flexport entered into an agreement to purchase Shopify’s logistics businesses, including taking over its technology and employees, and will become Shopify’s official logistics partner. Shopify, which produces software and payment solutions for e-commerce businesses and trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), first invested in Flexport in 2022 before striking a logistics partnership earlier this year. As part of the agreement, Shopify will also receive an additional 13% equity stake in Flexport.
In a letter to Shopify employees, Shopify CEO Tobi Luetke said Flexport is “the best builder and operator in the world of logistics”, and that Flexport will be Shopify’s preferred logistics partner. For Flexport, we believe a closer partnership with the Shopify platform is exciting, as it allows Flexport to expand into last mile logistics and e-commerce fulfillment and could enable them to further tap into Shopify’s nearly $200 billion gross merchandise volume (GMV), of which roughly 15% is cross-border.
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