Amazon is now delivering almost 50% of its packages itself, especially in the urban centres globally, according to Morgan Stanley estimates, first reported by CNBC.In a serious threat to package-delivery giants, Amazon Logistics ships more than 2.5 billion packages a year in the US, while FedEx ships 3 billion and UPS 4.7 billion. Analysts estimate the company’s in-house shipping and delivery service will soon overtake UPS and FedEx in the total volume of packages delivered in the U.S. Amazon’s deliveries will probably reach 6.5 billion by 2022 for $10 a package, analysts said.Amazon’s number doubled in just the last year alone, from delivering about 20 percent of all of its own packages to now about half (46%). The company still relies on third-party couriers for its last-mile deliveries in rural regions.After losing air-shipping contract of global courier company FedEx amid competition, e-commerce major Amazon has added 15 cargo aircraft to its fleet, aiming to … [Read more...] about Amazon may overtake UPS and FedEx, delivers over 2.5 billion packages a year in the U.S.
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Amazon is getting into the gig economy with the launch of a new service that pays part-time drivers to deliver packages on their behalf. An obvious nod to Uber and the like, Amazon Flex promises to pay drivers between $18 and $25 per hour to deliver packages ordered using the company’s one-hour delivery service, Amazon Prime Now. Interested parties must be at least 21 years of age, supply their own vehicle, have an Android-based smartphone and pass a background check. It’s unclear what factors – number of available workers, delivery distance or package size, for example – play into exactly how much a driver will earn per hour of work. Due to the nature of the service, it’s not quite as flexible as something like Uber. Part-time drivers can take on two-, four- or eight-hour shifts to supplement their income when free time presents itself (or perhaps even work “full-time”). Amazon says drivers can work as much as they want with delivery … [Read more...] about Amazon launches Flex, an Uber-inspired package delivery service
In a nutshell: In the past year alone, Amazon’s American delivery capacity has more than doubled. They’ve gone from fulfilling 20% of their orders to about 50%, despite an uptick in sales and the introduction of one-day Prime shipping – FedEx and UPS better watch out. CNBC reports that Morgan Stanley analysts are predicting a 68% compound annual growth for deliveries between 2018 and 2022, bringing them up from 2.5 billion packages delivered this year to 6.5 billion in 2022. Compare that with current market leaders UPS and FedEx, who are only expected to go from 4.7 billion to 5.0 billion and 3.0 billion to 3.4 billion, respectively, and things are certainly looking good for the retail giant. Amazon’s capacity looks even wilder when you consider their fleet is about one-fifth the size of their competitors’. Thus far their efficiency has been a product of intense focus on dense regions, which require fewer miles per delivery. Amazon’s deliveries … [Read more...] about Amazon can now deliver half of its own packages
The big picture: Given the e-commerce giant’s sheer size and shipping volume, this is absolutely huge but not entirely surprising. Amazon loves to control every aspect of its business and shipping is a key cog. Data supplied to Axios via market research firm Rakuten Intelligence indicates that nearly half (47.6 percent) of Amazon packages are delivered by the company itself. By comparison, in January 2017, the US Postal Service was handling more than 60 percent of packages and Amazon was delivering fewer than 15 percent. Curiously enough, the share of packages delivered by UPS and FedEx mostly stayed the same between early 2017 and now. Even more interesting is the fact that FedEx’s share never climbed above two percent or so during that span. For what it’s worth, Amazon said in a statement to Axios that the numbers were not an accurate representation of how shipments are shared between Amazon and carrier partners. Whether entirely accurate or not, it’s worth … [Read more...] about Amazon’s logistics empire at work: now delivering 48% of its own packages
Why it matters: The future of product delivery might eliminate humans from the equation, but we're still quite a ways off from that level of automation and AI sophistication. However, the tech industry is still taking frequent steps toward that goal. For now, that comes in the form of a new announcement from Amazon -- the tech giant's "Scout" robots have begun delivering packages to Southern California residents. For those who don't know, Scout is a small, six-wheeled vehicle with a Prime logo emblazoned on its side, and an array of sensors that help it navigate streets, sidewalks, driveways, and other random day-to-day obstacles safely. The little robot is completely autonomous, with no human driver or operator. Prior to this latest announcement, Scout robots had been primarily used to ferry packages around Snohomish County, Washington; near Amazon HQ. This gave the company more control and oversight over the robot's behavior, but now, Amazon clearly feels their creation is ready to … [Read more...] about Amazon begins testing its ‘Scout’ delivery robot in Southern California
Amazon's use of facial recognition has sparked fears of an authoritarian future resembling that described by George Orwell. Privacy advocates and campaigners have said Amazon using facial recognition in its smart doorbells could provide the perfect tool for extreme surveillance. The campaigners called the technology 'nightmarish' and 'disturbing'. Amazon bought the US-based firm Ring earlier this year. The doorbell company has previously filed for a patent to use facial recognition in its products. It is thought the technology could scan the faces of any people passing by and eventually compile a vast database of names and faces of innocent people. Scroll down for video Amazon bought the US-based firm Ring earlier this year and the doorbell company had previously filed for a patent to use facial recognition in its products. A patent for the use of facial-recognition has sparked outrage from privacy campaigners The American Civil … [Read more...] about Amazon launches ‘disturbing’ plan to add facial recognition technology to DOORBELLS to track ‘suspicious people’