Amazon bulks up its delivery network with huge electric vehicle order

Amazon placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, announced on Twitter today. The vans, from Rivian Automotive, are expected to begin delivering packages in 2021. https://twitter.com/davehclark/status/1174697626685661186?s=20 The move is not altogether surprising, as Amazon earlier this year led a $700 million equity investment in Rivian […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 19, 2019

Alphabet’s Wing plans drone drug-store deliveries within a month

(Bloomberg) —One of the nation’s largest drug store chains and a shipping service giant are joining forces, with Alphabet Inc.’s Wing to begin a first-of-its-kind drone delivery service in October. Walgreens, FedEx Corp. and Wing, an offshoot of Google that was the first U.S. drone operator to receive partial certification as an airline, will begin the exploratory […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • September 19, 2019

UPS CEO says growth is steady in Amazon age, even as FedEx reels

(Bloomberg) —Not that long ago, Wall Street fretted that tradition-bound United Parcel Service Inc. would lag nimble FedEx Corp., with its fully automated package-sorting hubs, in the race to cash in from surging shipments tied to e-commerce. It hasn’t turned out that way. A $20 billion investment spree detailed by UPS Chief Executive Officer David […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • September 19, 2019

Amazon cozies up to postal operators, Cargo Facts Consulting finds

Amazon has inked major agreements with at least 12 postal operators globally to fulfill its growing shipping demands, finds a new report this week from Cargo Facts Consulting. E-commerce traffic has been good for volume and revenue growth in parcel business units for the world’s largest postal companies. Likewise, when sourcing delivery capacity for its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 17, 2019

Does increase in FedEx 2020 shipping rates prelude strategy shift? 

FedEx announced new shipping rates for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight will come into effect Jan. 6, 2020.  The new rates will include increases in surcharges and fees for FedEx’s U.S. Express Package Services, U.S. Ground Services, International Express Package Services, International Ground Services, U.S. Express Freight Services, International Express Freight Services, as well as an […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 17, 2019

Amazon Air begins ops at gateway airports, moves some 767F ops away from Atlas Air

Amazon Air flights began operating at St. Louis Airport (STL) as of yesterday, as can be seen in the tweet from the airport below. According to flight tracking software, the flight, operated by Air Transport Services Group carrier ABX Air, departed from Baltimore (BWI) and continued to Ontario (ONT). https://twitter.com/flystl/status/1172192616349347840?s=20 STL is not the only […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 13, 2019

Amazon’s Dallas-area regional hub ready for October opening

Amazon announced today that its Regional Air Hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW) will open in October. The new hub, which was announced last December, is designed as a build-to-suit facility and is intended to support the carrier’s “larger-scale regional needs,” such as sortation operations and multiple flights a day.   The facility is the “first airport […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 12, 2019

Amazon signs lease on multi-story urban fulfillment center near Seattle [VIDEO]

Continuing its endeavor to expedite fulfillment, Amazon has leased nearly 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of space in a multi-story logistics center in urban Seattle.   Although vertical logistics centers are common in land-constrained regions in Asia and Europe, most similar buildings in North America are built out rather than up. Completed in 2018, the Georgetown Crossroads facility is the first building of its […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 10, 2019

Cargojet signs strategic agreement granting Amazon voting shares 

Cargojet announced today that it signed a strategic agreement with Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings, an affiliate of Amazon.com.ca Inc., as a key carrier for Amazon’s middle-mile transportation in Canada. The new agreement also grants the e-commerce giant the opportunity to buy a stake in the carrier.  The news follows Cargojet’s recent handling of record volumes in support of […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 23, 2019

Atlas Air, ABX, Southern Air pilots protest at CVG

Aug. 20, 2019: This story has been updated to include comment from Atlas Air.  Tomorrow, pilots flying for Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air, which operate on behalf of Amazon Air and DHL, will protest at Cincinatti/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which is the largest hub for these carriers. Pilots are protesting stalled contract negotiations […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 19, 2019

Amazon petitions FAA for commercial drone ops exemption 

In addition to wide- and narrowbody freighters joining the Amazon Air fleet, Prime Air drones may soon begin delivering Amazon purchases directly to customer doorsteps. Next in the series of the broader air cargo industry’s commercial drone saga, Amazon Prime Air submitted a petition to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday that, if approved, would enable the carrier to conduct commercial delivery […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 9, 2019

FedEx ends ground-delivery deal with Amazon

FedEx Corp. is snipping another tie with Amazon.com Inc. as the e-commerce giant emerges as a competitor by building its own shipping network. The ground-delivery contract with Amazon won’t be renewed when it expires at the end of this month, FedEx said in a statement. The decision quickens the company’s retreat from the largest online […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • August 7, 2019

FedEx’s e-commerce loss appears to be UPS’ gain

Volumes of apparel, auto parts, tablets, smartphones, knick-knacks and more are being delivered to our front doors faster and more efficiently as the two largest US small parcel and express providers, FedEx and UPS, invest in their networks, as well as in their business development and sales teams, to take advantage of this growing demand. […]
  • Cathy Roberson
  • August 6, 2019
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