Amazon plans revamp of U.S. shipping with mix of private fleet, regional carriers, USPS

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Amazon plans revamp of U.S. shipping with mix of private fleet, regional carriers, USPS - DCVelocity

    James Tompkins, who runs Tompkins International, a Raleigh, N.C.-based consultancy, said Amazon has divided the nation into three segments based on population size: The top 40 markets, which comprise about half of the U.S. population; the next 60 largest population areas that account for about 17 percent, and the remaining areas, which account for about one-third.

    UPS Inc., which today handles much of Seattle-based Amazon's current deliveries, will not play a prominent role in the network realignment, Tompkins said. Nor will FedEx Corp., which manages a lesser portion of Amazon's delivery business. An Amazon spokeswoman was unavailable to comment.
     
  2. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I'm surprised there hasn't been any discussion on this. You would think Amazon planning to do away with both FedEx and UPS would get some interest----or am I reading it wrong?
     
  3. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    Obviously the drone idea never got off the ground.
     
  4. rod

    rod retired and happy

    But it did. A judge has recently ruled against the FFA who had denied this business the right to deliver its beer by drone.

     
  5. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    The Future Farmers of America have more power than I thought.
     
  6. Tired Driver

    Tired Driver Sisyphus had it easy.

    Let them try to deliver. They will be back.
     
  7. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    negotiating tactic
     
  8. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Back when I was really into ice fishing (and drinking) they would have made a killing off me.
     
  9. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    I thought we just signed a 5 yr deal with them. Someone said that here on BC.
     
  10. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I don't think an agreement was reached.
     
  11. edd_tv

    edd_tv Cardboard picker upper

    Probably another publicity stunt.
     
  12. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    A contract really means nothing to a shipper.
    The contract defines the discounted rates at various volume levels and mix of services.
    A better way to describe them would be incentive agreements.
     
  13. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Lasership already delivers 2 out 3 deliveries to my rural-suburban address.
    New white trucks with nice branding ... driver actually wears a uniform too.
    I am a Prime member and when I get it through Laser ship it is normally in 1 day, UPS in 2 or 3 days and FedEx Ground in 2 days to a week.
     
  14. undies

    undies Active Member

    Why are you guys not worried about this? I'm concerned!
     
  15. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I'm interested to see how it all works when fully implemented, say at peak 5 years from now. If UPS and FDX didn't add enough resources to keep them happy, I'm not sure regional carriers will do much better.
     
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Suppose we had invested the money to add those resources and they still chose to go with regional carriers.
     
  17. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    Amazon might buy the main region carriers same way FED EX bought out RPS. Amazon buys, Laser Ship, Expeditors International, Forward Air Corp, UTI Worldwide. Next thing you know it's Amazon delivery, Who knows maybe even YRC might be in the mix.

    Amazon might even get former UPS managers to develop/refine the shipping network.

    If their delivery works out, Amazon will be the elephant in the room.

    Maybe 20 years in the future. Their might be a Amazoncafe. Where Amazon employees can talk about Amazon.
     
  18. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Where will you get their socks?
     
  19. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I've got a feeling they would look elsewhere.
     
  20. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    What can we do about it?
    I tend to concern myself with things I can affect.