September 5, 2018
Amazon.com Inc . said Wednesday it is ordering 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans from Daimler AG as part of a broad plan to build out its delivery fleet and have small businesses carry an excess supply of packages.
The online retail giant in June said it would for the first time invite entrepreneurs create delivery companies, each employing as many as 100 drivers and leasing between 20 and 40 vans emblazoned with Amazon’s logo.
Amazon is aiming to handle more of its own deliveries to keep up with its surging growth, loosening its reliance on the U.S. Postal Service and companies such as FedEx Corp.
The company expects to have more than 100 vans on the road by year-end, and will take delivery on all 20,000 vans by the end of 2019, said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of world-wide operations.
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