Yes, the global corporate takeover you’re all expecting continues to happen before our eyes. In 2016, Amazon announced it would be exploring its own shipping service to streamline its operation from the doors of business to the doors of customers, and it’s been confirmed that Shipping With Amazon (they’re abbreviating it to SWA) will begin rolling out in Los Angeles in the coming weeks. (h/t Ars Technica)
SWA will begin serving third-party sellers that deal on Amazon. It will send drivers to these businesses and handle deliveries in-house. If the deliveries can’t be made within range of the service, the shipping process will defer to the United States Postal Service.
Later on, SWA might open up to businesses that don’t deal on Amazon, and that’s where the true encroachment upon UPS and FedEx would begin. Amazon says it can make shipping more affordable than the existing companies, and thus compete for clients large and small across the country.
Wait, while we’re at it, what happened to all those drone deliveries?