Amazon is quickly ramping up its warehouse presence in more remote areas of the US, part of an ambitious bid to handle more deliveries itself and rely less on UPS and the US Postal Service.
The company has opened 34 special warehouses known as delivery stations across the country since late 2020, according to an internal document reviewed by Insider. Locations include relatively well-known cities like Wichita, KS and Albuquerque, NM, but also small towns such as Bad Axe, MI and Kilmarnock, VA. Other sites include: Conklin, NY; Saginaw, MI; Yellville, AR; Grove, OK; and Washington, IN. Five of the towns have a population under 2,000.
The group in charge of the rollout is internally called the Rural and Super Rural, or RSR, team, according to a person familiar with the matter. The term “super rural” refers to areas of the US that are even smaller and more remote than rural towns. A recent job posting for the North American transportation team, for example, mentions “Rural and Super Rural” customers.