Ready to enlist in the Amazon Air Corps?

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.

7 thoughts on “Ready to enlist in the Amazon Air Corps?

  1. gracie says:

    In our neck of the prairie Amazon now keeps the USPS in business. Our postman gets Sunday OT whenever he wants it. I know folks who suggest privatizing the PO – don’t think we need anything that extreme to solve their problems, though. Just take Congress out of the loop.

    Congress forces rates which benefit junk mailers, mailbox spam. And when the PO makes money, Congress steals it for their favorite war.

    • morey says:

      Googled “has washington post stopped critical coverage of amazon” and got 10 pages with only the singlw alternet article. No doubt others copied alternet; but, plenty of criticism of Bezos/WaPo deal don’t find reason to agree with the article. Reading the article, they cover their buns with same fudge as WSJ or The Sun.

      Understand, Amazon is 1 of many tech cos I wouldn’t work. Just haven’t seen any change in WaPo. Never has been progressive.

  2. NoThx says:

    Granted Amazon/Bezos are masters of spin and protecting their brand but there’s still enough downwind stink to make Ed’s question of enlisting in their workforce easy to answer. See for instance “Why Amazon May Take a Page From Walmart’s Labor Playbook” NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/18/business/dealbook/why-amazon-may-take-a-page-from-walmarts-labor-playbook.html (also embedded links) and “Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers” http://www.salon.com/2014/02/23/worse_than_wal_mart_amazons_sick_brutality_and_secret_history_of_ruthlessly_intimidating_workers/

    • morey says:

      Yup. Sounds like GE, USPS, most trucking warehouses, Rust Belt America and etc.. Nothing unique for a non-union or open shop. Which is a helluva lot of the GOUSA.

  3. keaneo says:

    This is air cargo, gang. Once the goods leave Amazon’s robot warehouses, it’s Teamsters and Pilots Association. No browbeating there.

  4. Au contraire says:

    The FAA has excluded all cargo pilots from a regulation creating stricter rules for the amount of rest between flights and UPS pilots are now fighting to get the same amount of rest time between flights as commercial pilots. The Independent Pilots Association made arguments in its lawsuit challenging the FAA decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals today. The IPA wants the court to order the FAA to include cargo operations in the regulation. http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12179035/ups-pilots-make-oral-argument-before-the-dc-circuit-challenging-cargo-exclusion-from-rest-rule Pilot fatigue was listed as a contributing factor in a UPS plane crash in Alabama in 2013.

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