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Amazon relents on Sales Tax, sets sights on Same Day Delivery instead

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Sam Posten, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Well-Known Member

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    I too pay the correct L.A. County rate, which is significantly higher than California state tax...



    ...and still tax + Prime comes out cheaper and more convenient than getting in a car and burning $4.50 per gallon gas on the 405.
     
  2. Sam Posten

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    Here we go, Amazon introduces Prime Pantry:http://www.amazon.com/gp/pantry/info/ref=pntry_lm?t=slickdeals&tag=slickdeals&ascsubtag=a83212e476624b0486197942d0edae92http://slickdeals.net/f/6881716-amazon-introduces-prime-pantry
     
  3. Sam Posten

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    To me, this is very scary news for the Postal Service, a company I work for.

    Over the past year we took Amazon away from UPS. UPS didn't work out
    well for Amazon over the Christmas rush.

    I know that Amazon was not very confident in the Postal System. They told
    us that we would never be able to meet their delivery standards. I can tell
    you confidently that we have. We really surprised Amazon.

    If you are a PRIME member and order something on a Friday, it will be at
    your door on a Sunday -- delivered from the United States Postal Service.
    Where our company was looking to go from 6-day to 5-day delivery, suddenly
    we found ourselves in the 7-day delivery business. Yes, the Post Office delivers
    Amazon Prime on Sundays.

    Why is the Post office doing it? It's obvious. Our business is crumbling. We
    needed Amazon as a client to boost our package delivery.

    I can tell you that when Amazon mail comes into our office every morning, we
    stop what we are doing and we process that mail before anything else, making
    certain it gets out on the carrier's route THAT DAY. Any Amazon that is accidentally
    left behind is driven out to the carrier by the Supervisor.

    We cherish Amazon and what it can do for USPS.

    We knew the drone delivery plans they were looking at would never come to
    fruition. However, their own delivery network? That's bad news for the Postal
    Service.
     
  5. Josh Steinberg

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    I've been really happy with the quality of deliveries that have come from Amazon via the postal service.

    Only once did an order that was shipped USPS not make it's "guaranteed delivery date". I'm not sure exactly what the hiccup was, since they left a "signature require" notice at my door that day for an item that didn't require a signature - something must've been mismarked on the package, or perhaps it was a newbie at the Post Office that day. Either way, item showed up the next day without me needing to sign anything. And that's the one and only mistake I can think of. (And I always could have walked over to the Post Office that afternoon if I couldn't have waited.)

    To me, partnering with a service like Amazon Prime, and doing seven day a week deliveries, seems to make perfect sense. UPS and FedEx don't do weekends. The Post Office is dropping mail off at my house everyday anyway. I've yet to get a Sunday Amazon Prime delivery from the postal service but I would be very excited about that. As it is now, I do get Saturday packages from them, which I don't think I used to get from the other services.
     
  6. Ronald Epstein

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    Thanks, Josh.

    And anybody that has bad Amazon from the Postal Service, I am interested
    in hearing about that as well. I won't take it personally.

    Just being on the front line, I can tell you that we put a lot of personal effort
    into making sure every single Amazon package that comes into our facility
    in the wee hours of the morning gets out to you that same day.
     
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    It really shows!

    At the moment I'm living on Long Island in a smaller town, and my area of town is so small and out of the way that getting something as simple as a pizza delivery is easier said than done. And yet, every Amazon package I order that comes via USPS, is always there ontime (with the tiny, one-time-only exception noted above), and usually there around noon. Can't recall any issues with packages being damaged or anything like that either.

    A friend of mine lives in NYC and has been helped by the USPS/Prime combo as well at her apartment. For UPS or FedEx, she has to sign for their packages at the door, so if no one's home, the package isn't delivered that day (UPS/FedEx can't get into the building to drop things off). On the other hand, the Postal Service mailboxes are in the building and the post office has keys, so any Amazon package shipped via the Postal Service gets put into her box regardless of whether or not she's there at the time of delivery. That's a major plus.
     
  8. Chuck Anstey

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    I don't want to see the USPS go away as I think they supply a valuable service but giving Amazon absolute priority sure doesn't seem like mail neutrality. So Amazon gets a privilege that no one else has access to and doesn't have to pay extra(?) for it? I would expect the 2-day package I shipped treated equally with all other 2-day packages.
     
  9. Sam Posten

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    With a side dalliance in B2B:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/05/07/amazons-wholesale-slaughter-jeff-bezos-8-trillion-b2b-bet/
     
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    I don't think Amazon ever intends for drones to deliver goods directly to consumers. However, a much more workable scenario could see drones moving items from warehouses to nearby Amazon locker locations. This would make safety much easier to ensure by having controlled, secure landing locations.

    Still, even if that is the plan, I am sure it is a ways off.

    Back on track, Amazon is adding more cities to its Sunday delivery list.

    -Keith
     
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    I ordered a couple of things from Amazon and did the free shipping and it shipped to me in two days.
     
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    Good interview by Blodgett, who I am not a big fan of usually:
    http://uk.businessinsider.com/amazons-jeff-bezos-on-profits-failure-succession-big-bets-2014-12
     
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    From the article: "The service, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is available in parts of New York, though Amazon said it would expand to other cities next year. Amazon will charge $7.99 for delivery within an hour, though two-hour delivery is free, according to a statement."

    So, who would pay $7.99 for one hour delivery when just another hour would be free? That must be a misprint -- must have meant two-day delivery is free.
     
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    The holidays are killing shipping times for me this year. A small package was supposed to arrive 2 days ago from Amazon, still in transit today, hopefully it'll show up tonight, but I needed it yesterday. Blargh...
     

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