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Travoli

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Amazon delivery
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:31:27 PM »
Had a onversation with a UPS employee 2 months ago. Asked how worried he was about Amazon's contract last-mile delivery workers, new cargo planes, etc.

He said they'd never compete directly with UPS. I said Jeff Bezos might be his CEO soon.

"Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS"

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-to-launch-delivery-service-that-would-vie-with-fedex-ups-1518175920

The Fedex CEO is in complete denial.

"Amazon is not a transportation company"
"The customers are not going to approve of the channel conflict"
« Last Edit: February 09, 2018, 07:34:23 PM by Travoli »

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Re: Amazon delivery
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 07:44:13 PM »
>The customers are not going to approve of the channel conflict

Bwwwahahaha!  We don't give a sh## about the channel conflict. Just get my stuff here. Now.

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Re: Amazon delivery
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 05:50:11 PM »
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Now that more and more is ordered online, or experienced online, the only trips we take are special trips.

If your offering, your service or your place isn't worth a special trip, it's likely we won't be coming by any time soon.

Ditto.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2018/02/worth-a-special-trip.html

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Re: Amazon delivery
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 08:43:52 PM »
Until automation really kicks in, there is a driver shortage (50,000 drivers needed I read recently). So if I were a UPS guy aged 55, I'd feel okay with the situation. If were 30, I'd be looking into my plan B

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 10:18:45 PM »
"The customers are not going to approve of the channel conflict" reminds me of this article's great title.

MISSING THE MARK
Walmart Offers Cheap When People Want Easy
These paltry online savings just come out in the wash for most people.

https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-04-12/walmart-offers-cheap-when-people-want-easy

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 12:17:12 PM »
Missing here is discussion of the quality of service and that includes final delivery.

My UPS guy has been on this route for over 10 years, he knows the names, homes and offices of people on his route.  He always makes an effort to set packages on the porch out of the rain. He's courteous and works hard. You know that if a package is on his truck it will make it to your house.

The USPS carrier on my route is the same way, if he gets it you get it.  However, over holidays sometimes the post office has different people with less experience, delivering parcels separately and quality suffers a bit. Still it's darn good service except he keeps delivering bills too.

FedEx and DHL can't find the right street, can't read street signs, leave packages out in the weather at the wrong address and generally don't care.

I'm kinda skeptical that Amz can match that last 10 miles in terms of quality, consistency and reliability using independent contractors.

If I  have a choice of carrier at checkout I almost always choose UPS for anything important with USPS second.

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Re: Amazon delivery
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 05:32:24 PM »
Perhaps the UPS and USPS guys will start showing up with a new uniform.

Actually, they'll be independent contractors, wearing street clothes and driving their personal vehicle.

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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 05:40:22 PM »
> independent contractors, wearing street clothes and driving their personal vehicle

That's how the majority of our local USPS carriers operate.  We're a very large, rural postal district. It's only within the small city that I see USPS trucks. Everywhere surrounding is delivered by a swarm of independent rural mail carriers.

And, as mentioned earlier in another thread, Fedex deliveries here is almost entirely independents. The trucks are painted with the FE logo but their is a small text disclaimer on the side panels.


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Re: Amazon delivery
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 04:34:04 PM »
Perhaps the UPS and USPS guys will start showing up with a new uniform.

Actually, they'll be independent contractors, wearing street clothes and driving their personal vehicle.

a large number of our UPS shipments arrive via OnTrac. https://www.ontrac.com/ontracground.asp

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Re: Amazon delivery
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2018, 07:10:49 PM »
>Amazon Key service, which securely delivers packages right into your home.
>wandering around inside house.

Took longer than I thought.