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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Fri Aug 5 2016 13:27:53

Check out Amazon's Planes

By: Ina Steiner

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It's not exactly a secret that Amazon has been leasing cargo planes to move inventory among its warehouses, but the company officially announced the planes today and said it will showcase "Amazon One" at this weekend's Seafair Air Show in Seattle. The plane will fly over Lake Washington between 1:15 and 1:40 Friday-Sunday.

Amazon One (a name that sounds like Airforce One, used to carry the President of the United States) is one of 40 that Amazon has agreed to lease through its air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG. There are currently 11 dedicated airplanes flying for Amazon as of today with additional airplanes rolling out over time. 

The company said in an ode to its Prime members, Amazon's first airplane in its dedicated fleet features a tail number made up of a prime number (1997). For non-geeks, here is a definition of a prime number via wikipedia.

Amazon is leasing the planes not in order to compete with shipping carriers, it has said - but because carriers are unable to handle all of its capacity needed at peak.

You can watch a time-lapse video of the Boeing 767-300 being painted, via Youtube.




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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Fri Aug 5 14:43:01 2016

Cool! This is why Amazon is number one.

Maybe Amazon One can drop ship the next elected President of the United States. Where you ask? Any large body of water.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Aug 5 15:33:53 2016

On a positive note:

At least Jeff Bezos is leasing American made aircraft (Boeing 767's)

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 5 15:36:33 2016

@bitbybit

Better to ship the current loser to some deep part of the bering sea.

Planes are cool. USPS and UPS should take notice.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Aug 5 16:41:18 2016

@ FeelingFroggy

As of 2016 UPS has 237 aircraft in it's fleet.

Almost all commercial flights in the US carry US mail.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Fri Aug 5 19:52:06 2016

Those of you who use FBA will be paying for this apparent extravagance.

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by: Bloggo This user has validated their user name.

Sun Aug 7 01:54:35 2016

Yet another venture that Amazon will lose money on. Wall Street will love it.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Aug 7 10:32:21 2016

Amazon is ALWAYS trying out new things - some of them fail - but at least they  "put their money where their mouths are" ..........

UNLIKE a certain OTHER company that gets some old fart to cry in public that not putting UPC codes in listings will be the END of the company (complete ruination). It was an Oscar worthy performance though no one bought it. Like Henny Penny the sky DIDNT fall when it didnt happen.

But getting back to Amazon - at least they are spending money - on Alexa, on Kindle, on new warehouses, and now on plains.

eBay ??? spent $23million on a golden parachute for a man who RUINED the company, then went off to ruin Paypal (which is REALLY the same company anyway)(why any regulators BOUGHT (key word) that farce is beyond understanding ....)

Oh yeh, eBay just opened up that REST STOP/WELCOME CENTER ... how EXCITING.

MAYBE they could sell eBay coffee and eBay cell phone holders there, while you try in vain to get an appointment to see the rude, obnoxious CS agent who just helped some guy with a 5 feedback steal your item and your money.

Chances are though, no one in San Jose is taking appointments there - its just another dog n pony show.

Lastly, though people like Ming are %101 correct about the funding and the planes future ... it does show that Amazon UNLIKE EBAY is concerned with box moving and getting things to buyers fast .... eBay just mouths the words and then does nothing (well ok they hire more morons and waste my FVFs).


Silly eBay, ecommerce isnt for kids.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun Aug 7 10:57:31 2016

The BIG difference between UPS aircraft and Amazon aircraft is that UPS owns 237 aircraft, Amazon is leasing their 40 aircraft.

Amazon would be better off just buying UPS or Fedex!

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Aug 7 23:18:08 2016

TOOL - OR .. Amazon could just buy eBay - with Jeff Bezos's pocket change and put us all out of our misery....

The ONLY planes eBay has are A) the ones that ferry around the know nothings high up in eBay and B) the ones that ferry cash offshore so they wont pay taxes on it

eBay doesnt "do" ecommerce ... not since 2007 anyways ....

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Aug 9 06:49:46 2016

Pace306, with eBay doing all they can to BE Amazon, one wonders if they actually wish to be purchased by Amazon.

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by: Jester This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 9 12:11:14 2016

Amazon is importing Chinese products at an alarming rate and looks to go the way of eBay if they are not careful.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 9 15:21:26 2016

Rexford :) eBay SHOULD have put itself up for sale to Walmart (instead of Jet) .... but since eBay is a disease and sane companies (that dont have incestuous, theftactular connections) wish to stay far away from them - that DIDNT happen.

Say what you will about Amazon (and they are BY NOW MEANS angels) but they know how retail/etail/manufacturing/wholesale etc works ... while eBay does not.

TOOL will chime in about their %3 growth - and the line that Meg said about a monkey driving eBay will come up .... but the truth is eBay is on AUTO PILOT.

eBay continues down that same old path - abuse sellers to the gain of "their buyers", use them up and then spit them out.

Then just sit back and wait for the next crop to come on by ... to abuse them.

You wouldnt do this to an animal, your wife, your children, your priest - even the neighbor next door that you hate - but to lie, steal and cheat your sellers - somehow is OK in San Jose.

My personal goal was/is to do enough on Amazon that I dont need eBay much any more. Im not sure Ill get there this year, but my Amazon sales THIS year have ONLY GONE UP .. eBay - down %35 or more.

Returns fraud has gone through the roof and ONLY because I call 10x and yell at them - do most times I get my way.

Im not a rental agency, Im not USPS etc, but what I do seem to be is a patsy for eBay to abuse ad nausea and Im tired of it - so tired. I just want to sell goods - why is it so hard (on eBay)?

How many hoops must I jump through ? How many losses must I endure? How many times do I have to see that Jerk Griffs face before I go postal and break something?

I dont steal from you , dont steal from me ...... I dont care how much money Jeff Bezos has or what movie hes an extra in - HE didnt steal any from me - so hes my new "hero".



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