Post by ProgressRail on Sept 29, 2019 18:45:32 GMT -5
Amazon continues to expand it's transportation fleet & network; they have recently entered the domestic container market for rail transportation. The article was published at the beginning of the month...September 9th, 2019: Amazon acquires branded intermodal containers.
"Amazon is taking greater control of its US rail transportation by buying company-branded 53-foot containers, sending a warning sign to intermodal marketing companies who serve as middlemen between railroads and cargo owners for domestic intermodal rail".
"Amazon acquired approximately 250 containers that will be placed on trains on the West Coast as part of a container pilot program for the e-commerce giant, three industry sources told JOC.com. Amazon confirmed the equipment purchase to JOC.com but declined to disclose an order total or whether the containers would be placed on dedicated express trains, such as UPS".
"Earlier this year, Amazon and Walmart met directly with the Class I railroads, an indication both companies were considering sidestepping intermodal marketing companies (IMCs) such as J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Schneider National, and Hub Group for some freight".
Good point. Here in Europe, all Amazon’s business is performed with trucks.🙄 Maybe because in North America, railroads are freight turned on the opposite as here on the right hand side of the Pond... Dom