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USA Today has a story about how “Amazon has been ramping up its ocean shipping service, sending close to 4.7 million cartons of consumers goods from China to the United States over the past year, records show. This marks a significant move into what many believe is the company’s overall strategy of eventually controlling much of its transportation network, from trucks to airplanes and now to ships.”

And, the story says, it “signals what many expect to be a massive shift in the global e-commerce landscape as Amazon expands up its capabilities in a fragmented and frequently difficult-to-navigate market.”

Steve Ferreira, CEO of Ocean Audit, says, “This makes them the only e-commerce company that is able to do the whole transaction from end-to-end. Amazon now has a closed ecosystem.”

Michael Zakkour, executive vice president for global digital commerce with Tompkins International, adds, “Nobody else has even come close to approaching this.”


• The Los Angeles Times reports on how United Parcel Service (UPS) “is expanding a keyless-entry system for package deliveries at apartment buildings, rolling it out to Los Angeles and nine other cities after testing it in San Francisco and New York … UPS is using a remote-access lock made by New York-based Latch, in which a code is sent to a pre-credentialed UPS driver’s handheld computer, allowing entry into a high-rise building.”

According to the story, “The efficiency gains from not having to resend packages or fumble with a ring full of keys prompted UPS to extend the service to additional cities where high-rise residential towers are common. The system, with which drivers can enter buildings but not individual apartments, will be available in mid-2019, UPS said Tuesday.”

An example of how infrastructure is being changed to make it more friendly to things like delivery, which customers increasingly demand.
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