The number of companies offering free shipping to customers in the U.S. is growing rapidly.
The Federal Trade Commission has started collecting data on the number of such companies offering the service and has identified about 60 more, said Julie Belsky, the agency’s director of the consumer protection bureau.
Belskys data is based on a survey of more than 20,000 shoppers from March.
It shows that about one-third of the companies offering shipping to U.N. members, international airlines and other organizations have at least one free shipping program, while about half have at most one, she said.
The companies that have fewer than a dozen locations and don’t provide a free shipping option are also excluded from the analysis, she added.
Companies with at least 20 locations in the United States have at times been offered free shipping in the past, but that has been more frequent than the recent wave of announcements.
The bureau also has data showing that at least 11 of the 20 largest U.T.O. companies are still offering free freight to customers.
That list includes the top five U.K. and U.A. companies, the largest U