The already crowded interstate trucking industry is about to get more crowded with the addition of a new player. Amazon is reputed to be in the midst of developing an “app” that will offer independent truck drivers, drivers who do not work for a major trucking company, on the road travel guidance with a mapping service and truck stop recommendations. The app will also facilitate the process of bidding for loads, coordinating loads at each end of a run, and facilitating tracking and payment details for these drivers. Amazon hopes that the app will speed up the entire shipping process from start to finish.
This is just the first part of Amazon’s plan to develop its own full-scale trucking company that will handle the entire delivery cycle of a load. During the past year, Amazon has purchased thousands of trucks in order to take packages from the port or warehouse all the way to the purchaser’s house without the use of intermediate trucking companies. Amazon’s goal is to make its shipping process cheaper and more efficient, which is good for its customers but would place it in direct competition with many existing trucking companies with no guarantee that it would be better able to direct trucking operations than the older more established companies.
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Author: Serena C. Montague
Publication Date: December 19, 2016