Shopify is expanding its logistics and fulfillment services as it aims to compete with Amazon, offering an alternative e-commerce solution to retailers who now are giving up half their sales to Amazon in order to use its logistics network.

Shopify's e-commerce platform is partnering with Flexport, a digital-oriented freight forwarder, to manage the flow of imported goods and provide estimated delivery dates for companies using Shopify's platform, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Ottawa-based Shopify last year invested an undisclosed sum in San-Francisco-based Flexport. The two companies announced this week that they have jointly created a new app for shippers to book ocean freight and track shipments from Chinese ports to the US.

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