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Amazon Japan pushes suppliers to help cover its costs

Request to chip in 1-5% of sales meets with a mixed response from vendors

Amazon Japan's shipping costs are growing as short-staffed Japanese couriers struggle to keep up with the company's rapid growth.

TOKYO -- Amazon Japan is asking many suppliers for "cooperation payments" in an apparent bid to shift some of the burden of rising shipping and other costs to business partners.

The Japanese arm of Amazon.com is seeking payments equivalent to a given percentage of sales of products stocked and sold directly by the e-commerce company, according to sources at manufacturers familiar with the situation. The company set a flat 2% rate for producers of food and daily essentials, with rates ranging from 1-5% for other vendors.

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