NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said Friday that it’s back to delivering its packages on time after bad weather and a rush of orders caused some delays earlier in the week. “We quickly re-balanced capacity and it’s all systems go now,” tweeted Amazon executive Dave Clark, who oversees Amazon’s warehouse and delivery network. Amazon said it received a record amount of orders on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when it offered steep discounts. And much of the Midwest experienced strong winds and snow at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and making deliveries difficult. Amazon’s reputation depends on delivering orders on time. The online shopping giant has been working to cut its delivery time in half to one day from two for its Prime members, who pay $119 a year for speedier delivery and other perks. Other retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have tried to keep up Amazon expects to spend about $1.5 billion during … [Read more...] about Amazon says delivery times back to normal after delays
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NEW YORK (AP) — It’s just a week into the holiday shopping season, and Amazon is already having trouble getting packages to shoppers’ doorsteps on time. The company said the delays are due to bad weather in parts of the country and the large amount of orders it received during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when it offered steep discounts. “Delivery promises vary and may be longer than normal based on order volume and the fulfillment and delivery capacity available in a given area,” the Seattle-based company said in a statement. “We will work directly with customers who are experiencing an issue with their delivery.” It’s an embarrassing setback for Amazon, whose reputation with shoppers depends on delivering orders on time. The online shopping giant has been working to cut its delivery time in half to one day from two for its Prime members, who pay $119 for speedier delivery and other perks. Other retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have … [Read more...] about Amazon Delays: Package Delivery May Take ‘Longer Than Normal’
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At a UPS operating center in midtown Manhattan, two cargo delivery bikes will soon begin rolling out of a driveway in the morning a few hours before the usual delivery trucks begin their routes. The company is part of a new six-month pilot program in New York City that will test how well cargo bikes, with electric “pedal assist” for couriers, can potentially help relieve traffic by replacing some delivery trucks. A similar system is already in use in several other cities around the world: New York can learn from what’s working elsewhere to consider how the pilot could scale up. advertisement advertisement In European cities, UPS typically brings a shipping container from a depot to a spot in the city center early in the morning, and couriers on bikes take loads of deliveries to nearby neighborhoods. Since the cargo bikes can’t carry as much as a truck, the cyclists have to make multiple trips; the system only makes economic sense in congested areas … [Read more...] about What will make cargo bike package delivery succeed in New York?
Amazon has scored record sign up for its Prime service after “millions” of Brits watched the company dip its toe into Premier League soccer. The company has claimed that its inaugural Premier League matches, which were aired across three nights this week, helped set records for the most new sign-ups since it launched the Prime service in 2007. Amazon Prime Video forms part of the overall service, which also includes next day delivery, book deals and music streaming. The company aired ten matches including Liverpool’s 5-2 win over Everton as well as Manchester United’s win over Tottenham Hotspur. It had over 350 cameras in Premier League stadiums across the country and featured over 70 on-screen talent including Liverpool legend Peter Crouch and former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Although Amazon did not break out the total number of viewers for its matches, it said that “millions” watched. Sky and BT Sport, the other rights holders for the … [Read more...] about Amazon Scores Record Sign-Up To Prime Service In UK After “Millions” Tune In For English Premier League Games