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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Sun Feb 11 2018 20:46:11

Amazon Logistics Adds New Tracking Feature

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon added new map tracking for Amazon Logistics Packages. The improvement comes as speculation heats up about how Amazon's own shipping services could impact shipping carriers, including how it is leveraging its Whole Foods grocery acquisition and a new program called Shipping with Amazon (SWA).

Here's a look at the new tracking feature tweeted by an Amazon executive.


Last week's buzz about Amazon shipping began on Thursday when Amazon announced the introduction of free two-hour delivery of products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in four cities: Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach.

On Friday, there were reports that Amazon was looking to compete head-to-head with UPS and FedEx. It was a repeat of similar buzz from October about Amazon "Seller Flex" and from January about FBA Onsite, which takes Seller Fulfilled Prime to a new level in which Amazon takes over sellers' logistics. Amazon invited some sellers into the program, telling them, "Your inventory remains in your facility and orders are fulfilled through Amazon's transportation network." 

But Amazon continues to use existing carriers for both programs. 

Amazon is trying to use its shipping partners more efficiently. It already delivers some of its own packages to end-users, and is now looking to pick up packages from some sellers and drop them into the most efficient stream, whether it's UPS, FedEx, and USPS - or its own logistics operation.

Amazon wants to ensure it can get packages to customers as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. This article in DC Velocity delves into Amazon's programs in more detail.

What's of greater concern to multi-channel sellers is Amazon Logistics tracking - "Shipped with AMZL US." Some sellers have stopped using FBA for fulfilling orders from other marketplaces such as eBay and Jet (called MCF) because of restrictions - marketplaces don't want buyers getting items in Amazon-branded boxes - and by viewing the tracking number, the marketplaces can tell when a package is being delivered by Amazon.

And speaking of eBay, it is looking into fulfillment solutions for its sellers. In a survey in September, it told sellers: 

"eBay is working to create fulfillment options that are faster, more affordable and more reliable for buyers. This next exercise will help us understand your preferences for a third-party fulfillment solution."

Thanks to readers for forwarding tips about these programs - if you notice any new programs or features when it comes to shipping on any of the marketplaces, be sure to let us know.




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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Sun Feb 11 23:37:53 2018

The USPS should be looking over its shoulder. It thinks it is losing money now just wait until Amazon gets it all together and tells the post office " Sorry Dude We Have A Better Idea"

Amazon has used the post office to their advantage and now they are starting to deliver and pick up packages. The post offices meat and potatoes for the past few years has been Amazon and WalMart packages. Without them the PO will really be in trouble.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 05:20:29 2018

Let me tell you.  They better get more customers into their Whole Foods store, because the one in my neighborhood is NOT competitive price-wise.  I was under the belief when AMZ bought WF that the prices would be lowered but it seems they're higher.  And there are fewer and fewer "price alerts" on products.  For example, I would go to their bakery section and look for the yellow stickers for prices cut on cakes and pies.  And since AMZ bought WF, they have not had those yellow stickers.  AMZ is keeping the prices high, so I end up going to the neighborhood supermarket (or Walmart) for savings.

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by: P.Dorf This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 06:18:54 2018

Hope this comes to UK & all 'prime' orders - taking the whole day off to accept delivery, only for it to arrive at 7pm is annoying.
DPD & UK Mail will give you 1 hour window for delivery (with map details of the driver's current location, delivery number), surprised Amazon haven't sorted this before now

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Mon Feb 12 16:21:20 2018

@Feeling Froggy

The USPS loses money on each and every package it delivers for Amazon!

The post office might actually turn a profit once it ditches Amazon!

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 12 18:10:58 2018

@toolguy

Realize you probably know everthing about shipping but according to our postmaster ( big office of 35 routes) If amazon quit shipping via USPS it would definately put the big hurt on them as about 20 per cent of packages are amazon or Walmart. I don't pretend to be the smartest cookie in package but when I see a USPS truck delivering packages on a sunday I have to believe their is a profit somewhere being made.

The post offices biggest problem is the epackets from Chine that only cost about 3 cents to mail and a couple of dollars to deliver. Wouldn't it be nice if we could use epacket for international shipping.



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