According to recent job listings, Amazon's long-term goal is to offer global same-day delivery services.
Reuters reports that at least seven recent job listings for senior product and marketing positions advertised, "Our long-term vision is that customers can order and receive a sellers' product the same day anywhere in the world."
This move would allow Amazon to compete with brick-and-mortar stores in terms of instant gratification, as well as convenience. Reuters also reported that Amazon is aiming to make same-day delivery available through all third-party sellers as well, which account for 40 percent of Amazon's overall sales.
It's unknown when Amazon hopes to achieve these goals. At the moment, the company offers same-day shipping in over a dozen U.S. cities. Meeting the challenge of achieving faster shipping is expected to have a large payoff for the company, but the investment and risk is also considerable. In the first nine months of 2014, for instance, Amazon's shipping costs were twice as much as its shipping revenue.
However, in order to compete with a growing e-commerce market, Amazon is doing everything it can to make its products more convenient for its potential customers. This means creating the most efficient supply chain possible.
These long-term goals show that Amazon executives understand the importance that shipping has in the success or failure of a business. Consumers are no longer willing to wait for products, and so a delivery system that works accurately and quickly is crucial for company growth. If you have a small business, consider hiring a third-party logistics company like Reliable Runners. We can help you establish a fulfillment framework that handles all your shipping and delivery needs, so you can focus on the rest of your business plan.