Could Amazon and Uber Finally Dethrone FedEx and UPS?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Returntosender, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    The other ominous threat is the emergence of ride-sharing services, especially Uber. These allow a person — via a smartphone — to “hail” a car for a ride. The drivers use their own vehicles (which are tracked in real-time on the app) and get a piece of the fee, which is connected to the customer’s credit card. It’s a super convenient, capital-light approach to the traditional taxi business. According to Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick: ”Why couldn’t this be used for delivery of products too? Uber has already been testing this out with having drivers send ice cream, Christmas trees and roses to customers.

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  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Uber has come under fire from taxi companies in major cities for basically undercutting their prices and taking some of their business.
     
  3. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Insurance liability.
     
  4. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I imagine that when push comes to shove, the DOT will also become involved.
     
  5. How many pottery Barn packages, fit into a Smartcar?
     
  6. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

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  7. upschuck

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    If vehicle is less than or equal to 10,000lbs, then it is not a commercial vehicle, no DOT driver needed.
     
  8. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Not true. When FedEx HD began, they tried that same angle.
     
  9. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Über (I believe we are talking about the same app) prices go up the busier they get. I don't see amazon paying a massive premium during Xmas.
     
  10. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    my old preloader couldah fit 4 or 5 with room to spare for a NordicTrack machine
     
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  11. 104Feeder

    104Feeder Phoenix Feeder

    Reminds me of a Toyota Corolla I saw with a full pallet of something strapped to the roof that made it nearly 200 miles on the I-10 until they got to central Phoenix where the DPS stopped them.
     
  12. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    It is true...no DOT card needed to drive vehicle rated 10,000 lbs or below. Not considered a commercial vehicle, no DOT card needed.. I know what I am talking about. Here is the definition of a CMV from the FMSCA:

    http://fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?reg=383.5

    FedEx may require the card to drive it, but not the government. UPS has protocols for driving without a card, for the small PCs Most are over 10,000 lbs now.
     
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    One of the first things I learned while stationed in Texas was not to mess with the DPS. They make most State Troopers look like rental cops.
     
  14. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I understand what you are saying. All I'm saying is that if FedEx could have gotten away with it, they would have. Things get complicated with government, insurance, etc. Every vehicle at Fedex including my 2013 F150 has a DOT number on it. I doubt this model will last long witbout similar DOT involvement.
     
  15. upschuck

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    Some states require them, some don't....driver no, if under weight.
     
  16. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    what about the USDOT?
     
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  18. Mack Grant

    Mack Grant Active Member

    All this talk of someone dethroning UPS or Fedex for that matter is just silly talk. Flying drones, taxi cab deliveries, what's next crop duster pilots driver releasing your package in a nearby field?
    Why is Amazon seen as such a threat to UPS? When's the last time Amazon made a profit?
    The day Lasership or some drone delivery army overtakes tens of thousands professional service providers backed by several hundred thousand teamster members will be a cold day in hell.
     
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    What about the U-Hauls that UPS rents during Peak? I know that we put the placard on the side but are these vehicles required to have a DOT number displayed?
     
  20. upschuck

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