BERLIN (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.O) is not only a major customer of logistics companies like Deutsche Post DHL(DPWGn.DE), FedEx(FDX.N) and UPS(UPS.N). It is a growing rival.
Here are key features of Amazon’s on-the-ground delivery in its biggest international market, Germany, compared with DHL, one of the world’s largest logistics firms. Amazon runs its delivery business in a similar way around the world.
* Same day option
Amazon offers same-day deliveries in 20 metropolitan areas in Germany if customers order before midday. Prime members, who pay a monthly fee, get free delivery for articles which qualify.
DHL offers same-day deliveries with a latest time of 4 p.m. for pickups close to a destination. Prices are set individually.
*Hand sorting, preparing for delivery using an app:
Amazon relies on hand-sorting at its distribution center. Employees use an app that then dictates the order in which the parcels are loaded and delivered. Amazon says each van is loaded with 100 to 200…
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