Amazon Hires 200,000 Employees, Doubles Truck Fleet for Peak Season
Amazon has hired 200,000 new employees and doubled their truck fleet to 20,000 in order to cover their first holiday season with one-day shipping.
In comparison, UPS brought on 100,000 holiday employees, while FedEx announced plans to hire 55,000. While peak season is always a high-stakes time for carriers, this season is particularly crucial for Amazon to demonstrate their capability to manage one-day shipping under the mass holiday shipping volume.
However, the e-tailer isn’t off to a strong start, according to a recent Vox article. Though Amazon is having a “record-breaking” holiday season, Prime members are paying the price, with some one-day shipping orders taking 6-7 days to arrive.
The e-tailer cited high demand and winter storms as causes of delay, but many Prime members remained frustrated, taking to social media to voice their complaints. In response, Amazon representatives clarified that Prime’s one-day shipping promise begins once an item leaves the warehouse, rather than from the time an item is ordered.
For more information on you can prepare your operations for peak season, check out this article from industry expert Andrew Brueckner.
Amazon, DHL, UPS to Launch Cargo Bike Pilot in NYC
Amazon, DHL and UPS plan to test cargo bikes in New York City in hopes of reducing street congestion, improving air quality and making the streets safer for cyclists.
In a press release, New York mayor Bill de Blasio announced an estimated 100 cargo bikes will arrive in the city just in time for the holiday season, and will remain there for at least six months. “New Yorkers demand immediate results – whether that’s getting a package delivered or getting around the city,” said de Blasio. “This is an exciting new program that will help cut congestion on our streets and speed up deliveries, all while reducing vehicle emissions.”
All three carriers have used delivery bikes in other cities – including Singapore, Germany, the Netherlands, and more. Success of the New York pilot will depend on how seamlessly cargo bikes can fit into the city’s landscape. The participating carriers will monitor and send data to the Department of Transportation (DOT) about speed, parking, use of bike lanes, and size of the cargo bicycles. DOT will use this to consider adjustments of its rules regarding cargo bicycle’s speed, parking rates, and size.