Amazon purchases thousands of trailers to keep up with demand

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Amazon has purchased thousands of trailers emblazoned with the Amazon logo to ship products between warehouses, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Land Line.

Shipments with the newly acquired trailers will be used to transport products from fulfillment centers to sort centers. Third-party trucking companies will be used to haul the trailers. Amazon will continue to use its current partnerships to deliver the products to homes and businesses.

At an event announcing the trailers on Dec. 4 in Chicago, employees at an Amazon fulfillment center packed 2,000 care packages for soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays. Amazon has delivered more than 12 million packages to Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office addresses since 2010.

Tech news site Re/code surmised that Amazon is going trailer-only to avoid registering as a commercial trucking company, thereby not paying the costs of insurance and liability risks. Currently, Amazon Flex hires drivers to use their personal vehicles to make one-hour deliveries in cities where the service is available. Amazon Flex drivers work in much the same way Uber operates.

Amazon is preparing for higher demand as the e-commerce titan continues to grow. Third-quarter sales were up 23 percent to $25.4 billion. The company also announced plans for three new fulfillment centers: one in Fall River, Mass., and two near Columbus, Ohio. More than 100,000 jobs were created for the holiday season, according to an Amazon press release.

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