A record number of Amazon-branded trucks are driving up and down freeways across the U.S. this holiday season, the latest sign of the major expansion of the tech giant’s delivery operation.
Responding to an inquiry from GeekWire this week, Amazon said its fleet of tractor-trailers now numbers 20,000, double the amount the company had around this time last year. The expansion comes as Amazon embraces one-day delivery as its new shipping standard for Prime.
Seeing these out on the road just never gets old. Huge thanks to everyone getting those Black Friday shipments out for delivery and getting ready for a massive Cyber Monday tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/z3d2K1ofXD
— Dave Clark (@davehclark) December 1, 2019
The tech giant will invest $1.5 billion in the one-day delivery initiative alone during the holiday quarter, likely pushing total shipping costs for the quarter above $10 billion. The biggest component of the increased costs is transportation, including the expansion of its network of trucks and cargo jets to ship items faster. Amazon offers one-day delivery on more than 10 million items.
Massive demand going into the holiday season will test Amazon’s growing logistics and distribution network. Without divulging specific sales numbers, Amazon said Cyber Monday was its biggest shopping holiday ever.
“We’re focused on making this holiday season more convenient than ever for our customers, especially given how short this holiday shopping season will be,” said Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s CEO of Worldwide Consumer, in a news release. “We are thrilled that customers continue to come to Amazon in record numbers to discover what they need and want for the holidays.”
It’s not just Amazon seeing a boost this year. Online shopping on Cyber Monday hit a record $9.4 billion, per Adobe’s analytics arm, a 19 percent bump over last year. This comes …read more