Amazon.com Inc., the Seattle-based world’s No. 1 online retailer owned by the world’s richest man to date, Jeff Bezos who has witnessed his wealth inflating over 50 per cent to nearly $180 billion during the pandemic outbreak due to a robust upsurge in online deliveries, had launched a new fleet of bigger and boxier delivery trucks mostly used by its rival parcel carrier UPS (United Parcel Services) Inc.
and FedEx Corp., suggesting a strident approach from the Seattle, Washington-based retailer to solve the pandemic-fuelled delays in deliveries. Aside from that, while Amazon.com Inc. had been grappling to deal with a hefty surge in online deliveries and failing to provide the one- or two-day deliveries that came alongside a $119 per year Amazon Prime subscription, the online retailer, which had slashed its tie-up with FedEx Corp.
earlier this year in a bid to develop its own delivery network, has been turning into speciality vehicle manufacturing companies aimed at fixing up the lags in online deliveries.
Amazon orders over 2,200 heavy-duty Utilimaster delivery trucks from Shyft Group
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delivery trucks appeared in several US states including Chicago, an Amazon spokesperson said to a press agency late on the day that the world’s largest online retailer had placed an order of 2,200 heavy-duty Utilimaster “walk-in” delivery trucks from the Michigan-based specialty vehicle company Shyft Group, however, the Amazon.com Inc.
spokesman had declined to disclose the number of those vehicles having been sent to the Amazon delivery contractors. Apart from that, the company had also declined to mention the US states where its new line of delivery fleets would be deployed.
Besides, while a number of drivers familiar with the newly introduced Amazon delivery trucks, were quoted saying that the vehicles could carry more, heavier and bigger packages than Mercedes, FCA or Ford vans, two drivers, who decided not to switch to the new vehicles, said on condition of anonymity that the new Amazon vehicles were much heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre.