SPECIAL NOTE: “FedEx and UPS shares fell by more than 2% on Friday morning as the market volatility continued.” Not good news for FedEx and UPS because Amazon wants to take away your deliveries to customers across the USA…something about what I saw in China during my 7 years as a visiting professor. I went there in 2008, and I would see a van parked outside the campus gate…and students would come with their pieces of paper to collect their parcels. Slowly I began to see offices opened around the campus…and now there are offices everywhere in China…a place in a city or town where customers can go to pick up their orders or parcels. Imagine trying to serve millions of people in China…and what is USA???? A small little place of about 300 million people…China has over 1.4 people…try to figure that out…the enormous amount of parcels each day because more and more Chinese, like the Africans in Africa or the Americans in USA are not going to the local stores to buy what they want…e-commerce offers than a variety of things to buy at a much lower prices…and you can stay home without having to drive your cars to the local stores! Peace passion power, Steve USA February 14
FedEx and UPS hit as Amazon ‘plots shipping expansion’
• 9 February 2018 BBCWorld News
Amazon is reportedly embarking on further expansion of its shipping services with a programme to pick up from companies that sell on its site.
The firm is considering offering the service to other businesses as well, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Investors dumped shares of existing shipping companies FedEx and UPS in response to the news.
Amazon already offers shipping services to merchants that use its warehouses.
Under its Fulfillment by Amazon and other programmes, Amazon handles delivery of products that merchants store in the firm’s warehouses, including to non-Amazon customers.
The new programme goes a step farther, including pick-up from the vendor, according to the Wall Street Journal.
It has started in London and expects to launch soon in Los Angeles, with the aim of expanding to other cities this year, the report said.
Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.
The e-commerce giant has long focused on speeding delivery of online purchases, eliminating the lag time that provides traditional stores an edge, while trying to reduce the costs of shipping, which hit $21.7bn (£15.7bn) in 2017.
The focus has led the firm to invest billions in its logistics network, building warehouses, deploying aircraft and hiring delivery trucks.
Amazon also purchased upmarket grocer Whole Foods last year. This week, the firm said it would start making two-hour grocery deliveries from the stores for Prime customers in some cities.
As Amazon’s network expands, it has led to increased questions about how well longstanding shipping companies such as FedEx and UPS – which count Amazon as a customer – will compete.
FedEx and UPS shares fell by more than 2% on Friday morning as the market volatility continued.