Amazon has named Evri an accredited Seller Fulfilled Prime carrier to deliver parcels on behalf of all merchants on the e-commerce giant’s website.

Evri said the move would help it grow its business by several million parcels a year.

The accreditation was gained following a rigorous six-week trial during which it consistently met or surpassed Amazon’s requirement to successfully deliver parcels to stringent standards.

A key requirement was that Evri could collect the parcels after 4.30pm from Monday to Friday and after 12.30pm on Saturday from merchants within the UK, to then deliver to recipients the next day, anywhere in the country.

Evri already delivers to individual consumers on Amazon and this new Prime collaboration will allow about 85,000 UK SMEs on the Amazon store to select Evri as their delivery provider across Prime and non-Prime orders, reflecting its status as the value for money carrier on the website.

Supporting the growth of SMEs and Amazon Prime shippers is a key focus for Evri as part of their commitment to offer a competitive, fast, and reliable service for all customers across the UK and abroad.

David Saenz, e-commerce director at Evri, said: “This new collaboration with Amazon Prime is an important milestone for Evri. It demonstrates, once again, that Evri is a parcel industry disruptor that is helping to bring down the cost of delivery for consumers and businesses, and offering a fast, reliable, and cost-effective service to compete with the UK’s traditional carriers.

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“Evri has always been committed to supporting businesses, big and small, and Amazon’s website is a great way to demonstrate – at the highest level – what we can help them achieve.”

Everi said the accreditation reflects its commitment to investing in technology, fulfilment and customer service, as well as reinforcing its high service performance & network scale domestically and abroad, given that it delivers more than 700 million parcels each year.

Evri claims to be the partner of choice for over 80% of the UK’s biggest retailer brands, including Next, John Lewis, M&S and ASOS.

It partners with over 1,000 SMEs across retail and other sectors in the UK. With Amazon Prime certification, the company said it had proven its capability to support all businesses, from micro-shippers, to SMEs, to large corporates with the same exacting and high standards demanded by Amazon.

It added that it has the scale and flexibility to quickly adapt to retail clients’ needs, having invested £130m following Covid, to help deliver its five-year growth plan.

Alongside investing in technology and customer service, Evri has also set targets to become net-zero by 2035, and, as the UK’s largest operator of bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles within the industry, plans to grow the biggest sustainable fleet in the sector, as well as work towards 100% renewable energy.