Amazon takes over its own logistics operations
The online retail giant Amazon.com is getting into the delivery game itself, with a fleet of its own trailers, the company has announced.
The company will deploy its own fleet of trailers to deliver orders around the United States. They will number in the "several thousands" and will be hauled by third party tractors, according to an Amazon spokesperson.
The Amazon-branded trucks will help Amazon handle "dramatically increasing" volumes, the company said, while also making its logistics operation more streamlined and efficient.
The new method will be another tool the company can use to help deliver items on time.
Amazon said the new trucks will serve as additional delivery power and that it will not cancel, or for that matter compete with, its existing partnerships with traditional shippers like FedEx and UPS, which currently handle all deliveries in markets like the Middle East.
The trucks will be used to deliver packages between Amazon warehouses, rather than to customer doors, the core business of FedEx and UPS.