Last Mile Brief 06/03/2023: Amazon has shut down 99 logistics facilities in the US; downsizing to continue this year
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In today's Last Mile Brief, we bring you more reports of Amazon downsizing in the US, plus positive news on Royal Mail's industrial dispute as a well as an EV fleet upgrade for Lithuania's national post.
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Today’s headline story: Amazon has shut down 99 logistics facilities in the US; downsizing to continue this year
Amazon is continuing to downsize its logistics network in 2023, according to reports stateside.
A report by global logistics and supply chain consultants MWPVL has said that despite the launch of fulfillment centres being postponed, including new facilities of several storeys that could stay idle for 28 months, Amazon has not yet put together a plan for its last mile delivery stations that are soon to finish construction.
The report claims Amazon is wavering between opening delivery stations in new markets or quickly subleasing delivery facilities in established markets.
Europe round up
- Royal Mail and the CWU both parties have now agreed to enter into a new process of talks between RMG and the CWU facilitated by Brendan Barber (former TUC General Secretary and ACAS Chair).
- Posti and WWF enter into a three-year collaboration for the benefit of biodiversity.
- Lietuvos paštas plans to deploy 100 electric delivery vehicles in the country’s three largest cities.
- Royal Mail has announced that from 3 April 2023, is increasing the price of stamps.
- Royal Mail warns of new delivery delays next week.
- Food delivery cyclists and others working in the 'gig economy’ are being forced to use food banks because they cannot afford to make ends meet.
- Glovo launches €5 million impact fund for projects related to supporting local communities, climate action initiatives, the digitalization of small local businesses.
North America round up
- Ford has filed a handful of patents outlining different ways to perform last-mile deliveries.
- Amazon has shut down 99 logistics facilities in 30 states.
- UPS plans to further reduce its business with top customer Amazon in 2023.
- FedEx is advising customers to shift their volumes away from UPS to avoid disruptions from a possible strike this summer.
- To stay competitive USPS hired outside trucking companies at cut-rate prices and aggressive schedules and then looked the other way when they ran afoul of highway safety rules.
News from the rest of the world
- Amazon and a major Japanese real estate management company Mitsui Fudosan Residential Lease have agreed to cooperate in facilitating deliveries to building residents and reducing driver workloads.
- India Post launches same day parcel delivery.
- UPS chooses Chennai to set up its first technology centre in India.
- Dubai: 3 rest stops to be constructed for delivery riders.
- Lack of delivery staff – where? Apparently in China.
- Restaurant owners question the Zomato policy on cancellation and their demand for more advertisement revenue from restaurants.
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