Amazons delivery dream is a nightmare for FedEx and UPS
Brick by brick, Amazon has been building itself into a package delivery company to satisfy not only the voracious demands of Amazon shoppers but also anyone else who wanted to move merchandise.
Amazons ambition has been in plain sight for years. The company has built its own network of merchandise warehouses and package-sorting centers. It enlisted its own airplanes and truck trailers to transport cargo. It registered to move freight across oceans, and in dozens of cities it tapped couriers to deliver packages directly to shoppers doors.
Brick by brick, Amazon has been building itself into a package-delivery company to satisfy not only the voracious demands of Amazon shoppers but also anyone else who wanted to move merchandise from one place to another.
None of this has been a secret. Even a hush-hush company like Amazon.com cant keep jet planes under wraps. But Amazon and its delivery partners such as FedEx have had plausible deniability about whats been happening. When Amazon executives are asked whether theyre trying to become another FedEx or UPS, they say those Amazon trucks, warehouses, airplanes and delivery drivers are intended to supplement existing shipping providers when needed and improve service for Amazon shoppers.
This explanation wasnt entirely believable, of course, and Amazon can no longer deny it. Amazon is coming for you, FedEx and UPS. Maybe not today or tomorrow. But soon.
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