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Amazon Air founder has a new start-up that aims to take on FedEx and UPS by speeding up shipping – CNBC

In late 2014, Scott Ruffin was deep in the trenches of Amazon’s logistics operation, when he was tapped to solve a major problem. The company was relying on air cargo partners to haul its packages across the country, but needed more space to meet its rapid growth.

Amazon began to lease its own airplanes. And in 2016, Ruffin launched Amazon Air, a dedicated cargo network that would directly rival shipping shipping giants UPS and FedEx.

Before Amazon Air, Ruffin had an early role in developing Amazon’s sortation centers, the facilities that allow the company to better control a package’s journey to a shopper’s doorstep and to speed up the process.