Amazon upgraded to be consolidated own distribution system with 20 cargo aircraft. The online retailer accepts the Boeing 767s in a lease contract by the Air Transport Services Group (LPGA), as the aircraft owner announced. Amazon said the jets would be made in early April in the service. On which routes they are to be used, at first remained unclear.
“Since last summer, we have been working closely with Amazon to demonstrate that a dedicated, fully customized air cargo network can be a strong supplement to existing transportation and distribution resources,” said Joe Hete, President and CEO of the American aircraft leasing and air-cargo transportation company, in a statement. “We are excited to serve Amazon customers by providing additional air cargo capacity and logistics support to ensure great shipping speeds for customers.”
Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer service, said in a news release that the company is “excited to supplement our existing delivery network with a great new provider, ATSG, by adding 20 planes to ensure air cargo capacity to support one and two-day delivery for customers.”
Amazon has been expanding its delivery infrastructure as it seeks to reduce shipping costs, and speed up delivery to customers. Some observers have speculated that Amazon intends to compete with UPS and other shipping services. Amazon executives, however have tried to dispel the idea, saying they only wish to supplement existing delivery channels.
But the company’s moves suggest management is more ambitious than they’re letting on. In addition to enlisting jets, Amazon has also experimented with package-delivering drones. The retailer is reportedly in negotiations to buy a 100-percent stake of the No. 2 package delivery service in France, and is building a package-locker service in Europe.
The Internet Department Store blows with the thrust apparently to attack top dogs in the parcels business as UPS, FedEx and the German Post World Net subsidiary DHL. The German Post stated that it is well equipped for an Amazon attack in their ancestral parcel business.
Amazon will increasingly organize the delivery of parcels themselves and also control the cost more. The Group, in Germany hitherto major customer of the post, it is building its own distribution network. In addition, he is also testing the delivery with the help of drones, a start date, there are not. According to the aircraft owner LPGA contracts for cargo planes run over five to seven years.
With the agreement, Amazon have also secured the right to buy in the next five years up to 19.9 percent of ATSG the price of 9.73 dollars per share. This is a reduction of more than 17 percent to the LPGA course of Tuesday. On Wednesday the news catapulted the LPGA shares to a record high: The papers became more expensive by a quarter to $ 14.65.
Amazon sees everything
Amazon employees must see apparently recently chilling images on video screens, when they come to work in the morning. Only content: it is shown how colleagues at thefts are caught and fired.
Big Brother is watching you – to be the message of this new promotion of Internet mail order Amazon. Because Amazon has is a special strategy devised to combat thefts by employees: while the workers get morning to be the service one to stamp, they must look at recently at some locations on video screens as former colleagues were fired because they have been caught red-handed stealing. The news portal Bloomberg reported that business, citing current and former employees and security guards.
If there is also theft control strategies in German Amazon logistics centres, a corporate spokeswoman to FAZ.NET wanted to comment – just as the entire Bloomberg report. However, she have seen never such video boards in German Logisikzentren.
In America anyway, Amazon should have hung extra flat screens, there churning to represent, how to get caught long finger in operation. The accused are although not named called and represented only by a black silhouette. But the message is clear: on each of the silhouettes of the alleged corporate thieves, the word “terminated” – emblazoned “terminated”.
Then, details will be announced when the person has stolen something, what it how much the subject was worth and how the person is caught was. For example, someone should have changed the address of a packet, someone else should have hidden in her socks stolen goods. Some of the black silhouettes bear the stamp “arrested” – “arrested”.
Theft is an issue, to create the Amazon for a long time. Finally, the turnover rate of workers who pack the goods and ship is quite high; the payment of staff, however, relatively low. As Bloomberg business further reported the employees called a wide range of stolen objects, which were shown in the context of deterrence strategy: DVDs, an iPad, jewelry, a lighter, makeup, microwave, cell phone covers, or video games.
In some branches, which have hung no flat screens, the theft stories were printed staff reportedly also on paper and hung out. But, many employees reported that they found less bad the chilling reports, as the low wages, which would pay them Amazon. However, some people feel the tactic as highly unpleasant: “It comes only to know the people to leave, that they’re being watched”, quoted a former Amazon workers in the report. Another says he feels the whole thing as “a strange way to scare people” and a “very offensive”.