Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Expands Delivery Trial That Could Hurt FedEx, UPS

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News Inc. is expanding a service launched to make more groceries, cleaning supplies and other products available for quick delivery directly from merchants without overwhelming the e-commerce giant’s warehouses with additional inventory, according to documents reviewed by Bloomberg News.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
January 29, 2018
Government, Business

Maryland Governor Offers Tax Incentives, Road Improvements to Lure New Amazon HQ

Amazon HQ in Seattle Construction outside Amazon HQ in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced sweeping tax legislation to accompany an incentive package that devotes billions to transit and infrastructure in an effort to entice Amazon into building its second headquarters in the state.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2018
Business, Logistics

Amazon Narrows Field for Second Headquarters Location to 20

The Inc. headquarters stands in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. (David Ryder/Bloomberg News) Inc. narrowed the field of cities for its proposed new headquarters to 20, with New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami and Austin, Texas, among the contenders.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
January 18, 2018
Business, Logistics

Amazon Begins to Act as Its Own Freight Broker

Amazon Prime Truck Stephen Brashear/Associated Press for Amazon

Over the past two years Inc. has dabbled in the transportation and logistics industry. But recently, the e-commerce behemoth began to directly broker freight to truck drivers, rather than solely rely upon third-party firms such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Transport Topics has learned.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
January 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

Amazon Delivery Drone Would Dismantle Itself in Sky, Rain Down Parts

Amazon received a patent outlining a possible plan for “directed fragmentation for unmanned airborne vehicles” used in deliveries.

Ethan Baron | The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News
December 4, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Warehouses Are Getting Bigger, Taller, Faster

Jim Young/Bloomberg News

Those boxes piling up on your doorstep over the holidays don’t ship from Santa’s workshop. As Americans spend more money shopping online, real estate developers are sinking record amounts of money into new warehouse space, building bigger, taller structures to meet the needs of e-commerce — and the robots that help it along.

Patrick Clark and Kim Bhasin | Bloomberg News
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robot Makers Fill Their War Chests in Fight Against Amazon

Jim Young/Bloomberg News

A few years ago, Inc. triggered a robot arms race when it purchased a company called Kiva Systems, maker of automated warehouse robots. Now its would-be rivals are landing bigger and bigger cash injections to try to compete with the e-commerce giant.

Kim Bhasin and Patrick Clark | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

CVS to Offer Nationwide Next-Day Delivery in Preemptive Shot at Amazon

Christopher Lee/Bloomberg News

CVS Health plans to begin offering next-day delivery of prescriptions and retail merchandise from its nationwide network of more than 9,700 stores, marking a potentially preemptive strike at Amazon as the online giant weighs entry into the pharmacy business.

Nathan Bomey | USA Today
November 6, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon’s Dream of Drone Deliveries Gets Closer With Trump’s Executive Order

Drone deliveries got a step closer to reality as the White House issued an order giving local governments more authority to conduct tests of the burgeoning new technology.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
October 25, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Will Deliver Packages Straight Into Your Living Room

Alan Berner/Seattle Times/TNS Inc. is going to start delivering packages not just to doorsteps, but inside homes as well.

Nate Lanxon and Mark Gurman | Bloomberg News
October 25, 2017