Online retailer Amazon has purchased thousands of trailers to improve its shipping capacity.
The company plans to use these trailers to transport goods between its warehouses, known as a fulfillment center, as well as to sort centers, where orders are organized by zip code to be shipped to local post offices.
This move will allow Amazon to improve same-day or two-days shipping processes. The company did not disclose how much it will spend on Amazon tractor trailers.
This announcement was made by Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America’s operations, at McCormick Place, where Amazon’s workers loaded 2,000 care gift packages, which will be sent to U.S. troops stationed overseas and did not get a chance to return homes for the holiday season.
Amazon, however, said that it will keep working with existing trucking partners. A company’s spokeswoman noted that the Amazon will continue using the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service, FedEx and other carriers to ship packages to consumers.
Amazon seems to focusing on improving shipment and delivery infrastructure. Recently, the company released new images and videos of the prototype of drones that the online store wants to use for fastest packages delivery.
The drones will deliver packages within 30 minutes. The unnamed flying machines weighing 55 pounds will be able to carry packages of up to 5 pounds. They will have ability to fly under 400 feet and use “sense and avoid” technology to operate beyond the line of sight to distances of 10 miles or more. According to o Amazon, the company has “more than a dozen prototypes.”
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has a market cap of over $315 billion. Shares of the company’s stock have increased by 116.74%. For its quarter ending September 30, Amazon reported profit of $79 million, compared to the same period last year, when the company posted a loss of $455 million.
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