Even if you have a job and it sounds quite odd, you might be Amazon’s next delivery person. In fact, each of us might be able to do it soon. This is the brand new idea the giant retailer came up with in order to reduce costs.
Thus, the company is considering turning as many Americans as possible into couriers. They will do so by developing a mobile app to give them the chance to pay people to deliver packages while they are on their way to various destinations.
Amazon currently delivers 3.5 million packages a day and last year, their shipping costs increased by as much as 31 percent.
This new application will probably help eliminate extra costs that currently go to professional carriers, but it will also help them preserve the speed for the delivery.
Therefore, they are considering enlisting retailers living in cities, who can store packages and deliver them.
It is no wonder Amazon is thinking of expanding its delivery service, given the fact that it lost $1 billion in net shipping last year. This new application might save the day for the company, while enhancing their gains, which are already looking up.
“You see all these Ubers driving around, people going from point A to point B and you say to yourself, ‘Couldn’t I stick a package in their trunk?’ So it makes sense for Amazon to be looking at this,” stated Collin Gillis, who is a senior technology analyst working with BGC Financial.
The service, which is called “On My Way” according to various sources, might not be the first of its kind, and it is definitely not flawless.
It still remains to be seen how their customers will accept this new service, given the fact that there is always the risk of theft, late delivery or breakage.
While analysts can understand the reasons behind the company’s need to implement such a system, some of them believe putting it into practice can turn into a nightmare both for the company and for the customers, who might not feel comfortable to have their purchases delivered by just anyone.
Representatives of the company declined to comment on the piece of news and did not give details regarding the implementation of the new system of delivery.
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