More bike paths of course!
Amazon gray van driver here and I know exactly what you are talking about. We are a single DSP and have 85 vans and our city is about to have 6 DSP's
this spring. Each day our DSP delivers 8 to 15 thousand pkgs. Last year Amazon went from 4500 vans to over 20,000. There around 55,000 UPS vans now,
so yea, Amazon will surpass them, for better and/or worse, as it "takes over the world."
Another crazy factor is shipping in general including 18 wheelers. Next time there is road construction on hwy and traffic is topped or slow, notice
percentage of trucks vs cars. I kid you not there are more trucks on hwys than cars!
Delivering at night, as mentioned is impractical because of vision ability and disturbing resident after 8 PM., especially in rural areas and you may
be surprised how many customers either don't have numbers on their house /mailbox or they are too small or degraded to see. Very frustrating! Amazon
is rolling out drone deliveries for pkgs up to 3 pounds and could probably increase that to maybe 10lbs at some point. But as mentioned, how to
secure these, because they will become moving targets for thieves to shoot down either with guns or drone killer devices available on line. I suppose
if they make it a federal offense to do so that may curtail some of that variable.
Apartments are a nightmare and more of the leasing offices are refusing pkgs so we have to deliver to customer doorstep. The customer demand is a
major factor in all of this as well. The customer does not want any extra inconvenient efforts required, just bring it to my doorstep please.
I think Amazon will surpass UPS and Fed Ex at some point, as far as small trucks/vans on the road. UPS currently deliver a lot of Amazon items now,
but Amazon eventually wants all the action. FedEx just cut ties with Amazon as a strategic move.
Solutions? More and improved roads, hubs to pick up at and better drone development is all I can think of, but I don't think the nature of customer
wanting it delivered to doorstep in 1 to 2 days will ever be diminished. I like the mention of 3D printing, and I too feel that this technology will
one day significantly supplement material desires, but that's a ways off. We are in a transitional time for supply/demand transportation and I also
think automated cars/trucks will at some point dominate business. I can envision autodriving Amazon vans with a robot to bring pkgs from vehicle to
doorstep perhaps. Or we can send our automated car to a hub to p/u pkg and return it home?
To the Amazon haters, I hear ya and understand but hey, I'm just trying to earn a living ya know!
ETA: My last paragraph gave me an idea, perhaps more small bike paths could be laid out in cities, exclusive for electric cycles and some folks could
have personal transportation electric auto/driving cycles of some sort to go and retrieve products and return them to home, including pizzas and such,
from businesses and hubs. But the thieving factor will again be at play, so I don't know, just thinking here...
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