Amazon has explored expanding its already giant distribution network to rural areas, one of the few parts of the U.S. where it doesn’t now handle its own deliveries, under a new initiative called Wagon Wheel. The move would take business away from the U.S. Postal Service, which now handles most of Amazon’s deliveries to remote addresses in the U.S.
Under the plan, the e-commerce giant intends to open small shipping hubs in rural communities around the U.S., a person familiar with the matter said. The program also was mentioned in a recent batch of job postings on the company’s website, where it was described as “a new delivery business” aimed at improving Amazon’s service across “rural and super rural communities across North America.”