Home Depot has considered buying a $9 billion logistics company so Amazon doesn’t

  • Home Depot has held internal discussions in recent months about a potential acquisition bid for XPO.
  • One main impetus would be to keep XPO out of the hands of Amazon.
  • Both Home Depot and Amazon have been customers of XPO.
Home Depot employee helps a customer as she shops in the paint department at the store in Miami.
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Home Depot employee helps a customer as she shops in the paint department at the store in Miami.

Home Depot has held internal discussions in recent months about a potential acquisition bid for XPO, a $9 billion publicly traded company that offers transportation, delivery and other logistics services for big retailers and brands, according to a person familiar with Home Depot's thinking.

If Home Depot were to make an offer, one main impetus would be to keep XPO out of the hands of Amazon — which the home improvement retailer believes has also considered buying the logistics company, the source said.

Recode could not independently confirm Amazon's interest in XPO, or if either Home Depot or Amazon have held talks with XPO. Both Home Depot and Amazon have been customers of XPO.

Spokespeople for all three companies declined to comment.

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While XPO offers a wide range of logistics and freight transportation services, it is probably best known to consumers as the company that manages the home delivery of heavy items such as furniture and appliances for retailers. The company calls itself "the largest provider of last-mile logistics for heavy goods in North America."

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that XPO was one of the main companies Amazon planned to work with as it made a big push in furniture sales.

Over the last few years, Amazon has taken over more control of its logistics, buying stakes in cargo airlines, handling more package delivery itself and leasing thousands of its own truck trailers.

In 2015, XPO bought the trucking company Con-way for $3 billion, giving it a large fleet of its own trucks to offer freight transportation services. That same year, Home Depot named XPO the "Mid-Size Truckload Carrier of the Year," according to an XPO press release.

By Jason Del Rey, Recode.net.

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