By JAMES LOHMANA, Associated PressAUSTIN (AP) FedEx printing businesses will be able to use the latest printer technology at HP stores, ending a long fight to bring the printing services to the nation’s largest retailer.
The move to use HP printers for shipping and other jobs is the latest sign of growing cooperation between the companies and has helped them work together on a range of projects including the rollout of a new service for the elderly and disabled.
The move will allow FedEx to offer the printer and related services to about 15,000 employees.
FedEx already offers printers to other U.S. retailers, including Walmart, but the new services will be the first at the nation’t largest retailer and the first to offer them in its stores.
The service is still in its early stages but will be rolled out over the next few months.
It will be offered on the first floor of FedEx’s downtown Austin, Texas, headquarters, and at the company’s main facility in Wilmington, Delaware.
Fedex and HP did not disclose the cost of the service, but said it could be as little as $5 per hour for an average employee.
The deal is a significant step forward for FedEx as it looks to expand the service and boost its online presence in the coming months.
The company has struggled to make it to the top of the e-commerce world for years.
It is the world’s largest printer supplier, but its customers have mostly been FedEx or its main competitor, UPS.
That has hurt its ability to compete with other print-by-mail companies that use similar printers.
FedEX said it would have been better off to have its own printer for its warehouse facilities in Chicago, which is less than three-quarters the size of Texas.
It said it also would have done better to have a better relationship with HP.
Fed Ex said it planned to use some of the printer technology that is already in the pipeline and that it will be making its own print heads and other parts of the printing system.
FedEx has said it will buy a $100 million chip that it said is a new technology, which has not yet been proven in the market.