How Will UPS Compete With Amazon?


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I can’t wait to see how paying people a dollar over minimum wage to deliver 70-150lb irregs is going to work out. I’m willing to bet Amazon will keep UPS just for that purpose, even when they’re self sufficient with under 70s and air.

This fleet of delivery vehicles they’re building up (cheap mid-sized cargo vans) is not going to handle all the heavy furniture and household appliances they sell. Combined with their normal load of small boxes and plastic envelopes, I wonder how many 100 pound mattresses and bed frames those Nissan or Mercedes vans can hold. I don’t even think there is room for a hand truck.

The fleet of delivery vans is challenging the inventory at most "you-pull-it" auto salvage yards. Only difference is that you can salvage some body parts from the local yard. The Amazon vans starting to look like props from a disaster movie. Time to buy stock in PepBoys

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I think we will be fine. We seem to have recovered from that peak season disaster a few years ago. A lot more employees as well. On my end anyways, the volume is going way up. It’s been trending for a few years now.


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Are you really that concerned about Amazon? Or did you fall in love with Alexa, and this is some fetish? Seriously, you couldn't find the answer to this question in any of your 4 other chicken-little Amazon threads?
This is ageing well :)



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This is ageing well :)

What in that post has aged? It's just questions. You probably should have quoted a post that said Amazon will never compete with UPS. BTW, I'm still not concerned about Amazon delivery. I'm working 6 days a week this peak for the first time ever.


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Non sequitur

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Amazon will go all in on the rivian electric delivery van. They will continue to exploit the young naive mostly inner city workforce. Future capital costs will bleed margins until they figure things out. UPS should stick to their play book, efficiency. Going to suck for us, but should keep us profitable into the future.


The good news is the unionization efforts at Amazon will stifle their ability to undercut us.
I hope the IBT is learning from the ALU and will be passing on the lessons to our many complacent locals. Yes, of course, the ALU faces a bitter battle to get their first contract. But hey, we know that with a large membership and contracts galore, the Teamsters have been resting on their laurels for a while now. For example, us Teamsters at UPS would be able to seriously reign in the company's excesses if we could achieve the degree of rank-and-file organization that it took the ALU to win that NLRB election against Amazon. And we would also be much more useful in helping the efforts to organize Amazon, Starbucks, etc.