Interview Synopsis

Amazon fulfillment & last-mile logistics

  • Multi Asset
  • Consumer
  • North America

The surge in online shopping has brought a range of issues for e-retailers into focus, such as capacity, cost structures and safety. Third Bridge Forum recently spoke to a former VP at to discuss the current operating environment for e-commerce, last-mile logistics and fulfilment trends.

COVID-19 exposes pain points across e-commerce supply chains

The industry was already moving away from bricks and mortar, led by the likes of Amazon, eBay and, increasingly, Walmart. The expert anticipated a continued trend in that direction, with customers also now “extremely sensitive” to product safety and disease transmission through package delivery and fulfilment. At the same time, customers are demanding faster, better quality and cheaper delivery. 

“It’s difficult because so many of these companies, their revenues are down, so how do you invest in that kind of thing when your revenues are down?,” the specialist said. Key areas of focus should be capacity, fulfilment network, topology, technology, and the health, wellness and safety of employees. 

Another topic covered in-depth was how Amazon’s fulfilment partners could be affected as Amazon Fulfillment scales up, and how the company’s relationships with UPS and FedEx might evolve as the offering grows.

In the Interview the specialist also acknowledged that Amazon is causing the bulk of disruption across the fulfillment landscape, and there’s opportunity for further disruption. “Being the 900-pound gorilla on the block they get to dictate a lot of where the industry is moving because there’s such a massive ecosystem stitched to the Amazon fulfilment network,” the expert said. 

Other areas explored were potential surcharges as a result of COVID-19, the outlook for Amazon’s relationships with UPS and FedEx, and fulfillment and final mile costs for Amazon compared with UPS and FedEx.

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