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Old 05-23-2019, 10:23 AM
 
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Yesterday I ordered an item from Amazon that had free next day shipping. I monitored its progress.

It did not get processed until this morning. It left Chattanooga at around 9 or 10am, and was scanned at an Amazon facility in Smyrna at 4:23pm. Then, it went out for delivery at 5:50pm. I was able to watch exactly where the driver was and knew when he was heading to my house. The package was dropped at my doorstep at 8:23pm.

This was for an item that cost $70 and the shipping was free.

If I wanted it to ship this quickly with UPS, it would have easily cost $35... and I don't know that UPS could even get something to me next day if I didn't order it until 8:30pm the night before.

Amazon is unbelievable. They are definitely mastering logistics. I think it's because they have to, because all the other players are, well, terrible at it.

Once they really perfect everything, I don't see why they couldn't go entirely into the parcel industry. Why wouldn't they start delivering any package from anyone and to anyone for a fee? I think if they did, the service would be better and the price cheaper than UPS or USPS. Maybe they'd only do it for big e-commerce players, who would be responsible for getting everything to an Amazon distribution facility, and then they would handle it from there.

I don't know exactly what it would look like. All I know is UPS, USPS and FedEx better clean up their acts and figure out how to do their jobs better and cheaper.

What do you think? Could Atlanta's own UPS be in real trouble? I think they are.



Has anyone else seen the UPS guy mailing stuff at the USPS office?
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Ontario, NY
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This was for an item that cost $70 and the shipping was free.

If I wanted it to ship this quickly with UPS, it would have easily cost $35... and I don't know that UPS could even get something to me next day if I didn't order it until 8:30pm the night before.

It's not free for Amazon to ship that item, that free shipping is cutting into there profit margin, I wager in some cases they actually lose money on some transactions with offering free shipping, but make up for it on other items. UPS is getting $35 for shipping that item, UPS is turning a PROFIT, where Amazon is likely losing money on that transaction. You don't put another company out of business by losing money.
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