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Amazon Buys New Truck Trailers, Looking to Make Deliveries More Efficient

Dec 07, 2015 01:05 AM EST | By Jean-Claude Arnobit
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Amazon Buys New Truck Trailers, Looking to Make Deliveries More Efficient
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Amazon.com Inc. announced in an event in Chicago that it will start rolling out thousands of Amazon-branded tractor-trailers, according to a report from Wired.

The new tractor-trailers are to help make deliveries more efficient.

Wired said that Amazon won't be using the new tractor-trailers to directly ship items to consumers doorsteps.

The online retailer would instead use the tractor-trailers to move items people order between its warehouses and shipping centers.

Wired adds that Amazon only bought the tractor-trailers, as the company will still continue to be working with all of its trucking partners.

These trucking partners will be the one to use their own trucks to haul the Amazon-branded tractor-trailers.

CNET adds that Amazon's new tractor-trailers should help the company have more control over its shipping network.

The new tractor-trailers should help reduce the time it takes for items, that customers' order, to arrive at their doorsteps and help push back the cut-off times for how late customers can order same-day or two-day deliveries.

A spokeswoman from Amazon told CNET that the company invested in the tractor-trailers to help it keep pace with the growing order volumes.

Wired adds that a survey from Survata shows that 44 percent of respondents looking for items online went directly to Amazon.

Data from Slice Intelligence also show that the online retailer accounted for more than one-third of e-commerce spending during Black Friday.

Wired adds that this shows that customers are seeing Amazon as the primary place to do online shopping.

CNET said Amazon is still continuing to build its own shipping network to speed up its delivery and have more flexibility.

But the online retailer still plans to continue using the US Postal Service, United Parcel Service, FedEx, and other midsize and regional carriers to help it ship goods.

CNET adds that the new tractor-trailers were first used to move care packages that 2,000 Amazon employees prepared during the event in Chicago.

The packages will be going to U.S. troops abroad who are not able to come home for the holidays.

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