Amazon breaks sales records and is the go-to store for holiday shoppers

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Amazon (AMZN) May Lease 20 Boeing Planes for Delivery.

There are only four days left until Christmas but last-minute shoppers may still be able to fill their stockings and slide gifts under the tree without having to brave chaotic lines in-store. Amazon.com, the No. 1 e-retailer in North America and Europe by sales, is getting serious about delivery, with more ultrafast Prime Now delivery markets and rumored cargo jets on its Christmas list.Sometimes it seems like Amazon delivers your packages before you’ve even thought about placing an order, but the online retailer might be taking a step to ensure that your Chewbacca hoodie or box of live crickets or whatever arrives even faster.Amazon.com (AMZN) is likely heading closer to developing its own shipping and delivery service—a new arm of its operation that has the potential to go the same direction its cloud computing division has, Investor’s Business Daily reported.

The company is currently in talks with Boeing to lease 20 767 jets, the Seattle Times reported, which would add to its rumored fleet of at least four jets that are flying several daily flights from an old DHL facility in Wilmington, Ohio. “Eventually we think they’re going to create a third-party logistics service themselves, and they’ll have excess capacity that they could sell,” Baird analyst Colin Sebastian told IBD. “Amazon won’t announce something in the short-term, but that is, in fact, their intention. Target, for example, has a Dec. 21 cutoff for free standard delivery on orders that need to arrive before Christmas. (Shoppers in Boston, Miami and Minneapolis can pay $10 for same-day delivery if they order by 1:30 p.m.) Kmart is offering standard shipping on holiday orders made by 4 p.m. central time Dec. 22. Catching air: Amazon’s fledgling delivery-by-drone program is called Prime Air, but it appears the e-retailer may take flight in another way, and it may need to come up with another name. And not only would those planes be used to deliver Amazon’s own smiling cardboard boxes, it could deliver for other companies as well, positioning it as a direct competitor to UPS and FedEx. Sources told the paper that Amazon has been occasionally frustrated by the delays that can be caused by commercial shipping operations, especially as its business continues to grow.

These aren’t the top-of-the-line models like the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S6, but they are fully-featured smartphones that will get the job done for short money. Shoppers with an Amazon Prime membership (which requires an annual $99 fee) can receive free two-day shipping, which is a standard perk of the membership, on orders placed by Dec. 22. Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video EU, said digital streaming and downloads are also popular because “of the number of new devices that are given as gifts”. Since its bad experience in 2013, the online retail giant has undertaken several initiatives to enhance the fulfillment infrastructure and lessen its dependence on the “Big Two” delivery services. Ned Laird, the former managing director of Air Cargo Management Group, said: “This is more of a warning shot across the bow of the express industry. [Amazon is saying] ‘We’re not getting what we need.

If you don’t have Prime yet, you’ll probably need to consider 30-day free trial to ensure you get your items shipped to you in plenty of time for Christmas. Earlier this month Amazon confirmed that it was operating a fleet of Amazon-branded semitrailers to move product among Amazon distribution and sortation centers.

At the same time, it has been experimenting with drone delivery; a Uber-like app to compensate buyers for dropping a package on their way to their destination and even allow a few third-party sellers to ship the items directly. Two years ago Amazon said it would be reviewing the performance of its delivery carriers after some deliveries were delayed during the holiday season. The airport was formerly used as a DHL Express hub and has “major sorting and cargo capabilities.” The kind of capabilities that, say, Amazon could take full advantage of.

Nevertheless, Amazon still relies greatly upon UPS, FedEx and the Postal Service as profitably scaling up such a logistics-intensive services is not exactly a cake walk. If nothing particularly strikes you on this list, have a look at our Gifts page for thoughtfully curated gift guides from our whole team, or check out Amazon’s holiday gift guide. If you’re too nervous about cutting it so close, your best bet might be to shop the old fashioned way: Drive to the store and make due with whatever is left on the rack. Regional shippers account for around 18% of the total.” Codenamed “Aerosmith,” the undercover pilot program is probably working on an airborne delivery network along with Air Transport Services Group (ATSG – Snapshot Report) in Wilmington Air Park in Ohio. Loaded with Android Lollipop and crafted out of a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminium, this Blu smartphone uses a 1.3GHz processor with 16GB internal storage.

When you need a Frito pie, now: Amazon Prime members using the Prime Now mobile app in Austin, Texas, can now order food from dozens of area restaurants and have it delivered in an hour or less. This is a 4G LTE phone for use on GSM networks (AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Pure Talk USA and others worldwide) with a 5-inch HD AMOLED LCD screen. In response to Motherboard’s query about Amazon’s plan, it said, “We’ve long utilized air capacity through a variety of great partners to transport packages and we expect that to continue.” It’s definitely a big deal if Amazon launches its own logistics network. While certainly not as fully-featured as the Alcatel, this Blue option is the cheapest on our list and has the advantage of being dual-SIM, which makes it great for travelers. Elsewhere around the globe, Amazon.in, Amazon’s site serving India, announced it was the most-visited e-commerce site in the country in October, citing comScore Inc. traffic data.

Standard operating procedure: It’s become habit for many consumers in the United States and United Kingdom to include Amazon in their holiday shopping sojourns, according to marketing services BloomReach Corp. In a survey of 3,000 U.S. and U.K. consumers about their shopping habits over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 87% of U.S. and 90% of U.K. consumers said they would check Amazon at least once during their shopping process. 47% of U.S. and 46% of U.K. consumers said they’d check Amazon for 50% or more of their holiday purchases. 73% of U.S. and 80% of U.K. shoppers said they’d make a purchase on Amazon that weekend. That’s forcing Amazon’s hand, to some extent.” It is not a secret that Amazon usually builds infrastructure for itself and then sells excess capacity to others at a profit (e.g. In short, if the Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company goes ahead with this, it will rock the industry, just like America’s greatest rock and roll band, Aerosmith.

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