FedEx shipping has become an essential service for many Americans, and it’s getting more expensive to do so.
But the logistics company that runs it is also growing, with the cost of FedEx services climbing sharply.
That’s the case in the U.S., with FedEx services growing nearly 40 percent in the first half of the year, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Here’s how the logistics industry is changing to accommodate that increase.
1 of 6 i View slideshow Related stories FedEx services grow 44% in first half The shipping industry is becoming increasingly digital.
Amazon, for example, has started offering free shipping through its Amazon Prime shipping program, and FedEx is now shipping its own packages to customers in the United Kingdom.
But a growing number of services are moving into the digital realm, too.
For example, FedEx has started selling its own tracking service, as well as other services such as Amazon’s Prime Air and the online marketplace Shopify.
And Amazon is now offering its own Amazon S3 storage service, with a growing selection of high-quality, high-speed storage for business and personal data.
For Amazon, that makes its cloud storage a more attractive option than FedEx’s traditional warehouse services, which typically take days to deliver goods.
But FedEx services are also becoming more expensive, as its share of the shipping industry has been shrinking over the last few years.
Amazon services are rising.
The company has a long history of growing rapidly.
Amazon has more than 10,000 warehouses around the world.
But it has also seen its share shrink in recent years, as companies such as UPS and FedEx moved into its business.
FedEx services grew 44 percent in first-half 2016, according the Federal Service Report.
2 of 6 j View slideshow A closer look at Amazon and FedEx’s growing relationship Amazon offers its own courier service, but it also has its own delivery services, called Amazon Prime.
Its delivery business, which operates in the same geographic region as FedEx, has been growing.
Amazon’s competitors have moved into the business, too, such as FedEx and UPS.
FedEx says it has about 5,500 employees working for Amazon, but its services are more than double that, with nearly 100,000 employees working there.
Amazon also offers its signature delivery service, which it calls Amazon Prime Express, in the states of California and Washington, and in other cities.
FedEx said its services had about 7,000 workers at the end of 2016.
3 of 6 k View slideshow FedEx’s fleet of 1,200 delivery trucks is now larger than the fleet of FedEx Express cargo trucks.
FedEx has said it plans to add more trucks and service centers in the future.
Amazon says it plans on adding more than 50,000 jobs in the next five years.
In its latest annual report, FedEx said it had added more than 7,400 employees in the past five years, and the company has hired over 8,000 more employees over the same period.
FedEx also says it is looking to add another 50,600 workers over the next three years.
FedEx now operates more than 200 warehouses in more than 20 states.
Amazon is adding more warehouses and a fleet of its own, and is investing heavily in logistics and other technology.
FedEx is also adding more facilities to its warehouse network.
But Amazon is expanding its delivery network, including more locations in the Midwest, Southwest, and Northeast.
4 of 6 l View slideshow Amazon’s shipping and fulfillment services have seen their costs rise faster than the freight they carry.
The average delivery fee for FedEx’s Amazon Prime delivery service is now $2.49, up from $1.96 in 2015, according a FedEx blog post.
FedEx’s costs for Amazon’s Amazon S2 service have grown nearly 40% over the past year, and its costs for its Amazon Air and Amazon Prime Air packages have risen nearly 50% over that same period, according an FedEx blog posting.
Amazon charges customers $9.99 for a basic Amazon Prime membership and $9 a month for Prime Air.
Amazon costs $8.99 per month for a Standard Amazon Prime subscription and $19.99 a month to upgrade to a Standard Prime membership.
5 of 6 m View slideshow There’s a growing trend of Amazon and its rivals moving into FedEx’s business.
Amazon and other companies are increasingly buying delivery services.
FedEx used to buy most of the freight for its warehouses, but that’s not the case anymore.
Instead, FedEx is buying freight for itself.
The companies have been working together to offer services such a Amazon Prime and Amazon Air, which offer Amazon customers free shipping on certain items.
Amazon now operates delivery centers in nearly 20 states, and Amazon has a fleet that spans the United States and Canada.
FedEx customers have had a much better deal for years, with prices starting at $1 per package for Amazon Prime, $2 per package on Amazon Air services and $4 per package at Amazon’s own logistics centers.
FedEx uses Amazon’s logistics network to package items for customers, such the Amazon Fresh service, and then ships