Amazon Prime members in 10 US markets shopping with one of four retailers will be eligible for same-day delivery. Is it a good idea? How will it work? Marek Różycki (Last Mile Prophets and ex-Amazon) and Ian Kerr (Postal Hub Podcast) discuss:
- How the same-day service will work.
- Delivery from store.
- Cost to the consumer… or even free for certain orders.
- Why would a retailer partner with Amazon instead of a company like Instacart?
- Amazon seeking to get more parcels into its delivery network.
- Density in the last mile.
- Will deliveries be done via Amazon Flex or Amazon Delivery Service Partners (DSPs)?
- Is in-store pickup an efficient way to get parcels into the network?
- Click-and-collect – will there be a price incentive?
- Fulfilment by Amazon … or Delivered by Amazon?
- Amazon opening up its Amazon Logistics platform.
- Amazon’s growing emissions.
- Making pickup and delivery efficient.
- Walmart and Target’s advantage over Amazon in having a bricks-and-mortar retail network.
The areas include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Seattle and Washington DC, and the four initial retailers involved are PacSun, GNC, SuperDry, and Diesel.
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Ian Kerr is the founder and host of the Postal Hub Podcast, the weekly podcast for the postal and delivery sectors.
Marek Różycki is managing partner at Last Mile Experts, specializing in CEP and e-commerce last-mile advisory.