❝ Amazon.com is stepping up plans to build its own air delivery network, saying it will lease 20 Boeing Co. 767 freighters from Air Transport Services Group…
❝ The agreement shows Amazon’s commitment to expanding its own logistics network to make deliveries faster and more efficient. The Seattle-based company wants to lessen its dependence on United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp., which have sometimes run into delays during the busy holiday season.
“This is the first formal confirmation from Amazon that they are in fact pursing an air transportation network and more logistics services,” said Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W Baird & Co….“We can dispense with all the speculation and actually look at something that’s real and happening…”
❝ Amazon has been quietly building out its strategy for years. A 2013 report to Amazon’s senior management team proposed an aggressive global expansion of the company’s Fulfillment By Amazon service, which provides storage, packing and shipping for independent merchants selling products on the company’s website. The project, called Dragon Boat, envisioned a global delivery network that controls the flow of goods from factories in China and India to customer doorsteps in Atlanta, New York and London…
❝ “In 20 years, Amazon will have its own delivery fleet,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities…“This is a baby step toward that goal.”
Trump voters who are heavily invested in UPS and FedEx needn’t worry, though. The Republican horn-blower has promised to squash Amazon if he’s elected president. I’m not certain what Jeff Bezos did to piss him off; but, anything that angers our own 21st Century Goebbels can’t be all bad.
Cartainly, one more delivery choice in the mix – increasing competition – won’t harm consumers.