Amazon Prime day yesterday represented a real test for the e-commerce giant’s logistics and supply chain. In addition to its contracts with FedEx, USPS and UPS – which all will have a busy couple of days to meet all these Prime orders - Amazon’s fleet of planes will be busy moving goods around the country.
“These planes are predominantly focused on our two-day network," said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer service, according to CNBC. “What it does is it allows us to make the [shipping] cut-off later, so you can order later and later and still get that in the two-day promise with our own air network.”
Amazon has 24 planes currently operating with planes to grow to 40 planes. Estimates had Amazon selling as much as $1 billion worth of goods during Prime Day, which technically started on Monday night and encompassed 30 hours in all.
Clark told CNBC that an Amazon plane can cut up to 15 hours off the transporting of goods, critical time when Prime members are expecting 48-hour turnaround.
Prime Day is not just a test for Amazon’s own network, but also that of FedEx, UPS and others, which have come under criticism the past few holiday seasons for failing to deliver goods on time.
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