Monday, September 29, 2014

Schadenfreude Alert!

Bloomberg Business Week has an article about Amazon's preparations for this Christmas shipping season -- looking at it through the lens of last year, when a sizable fraction of packages were delayed beyond December 24th. Amazon is doing all of the expected business things -- opening more warehouses, to be closer to more customers, and building redundancies into their supply chain -- and doing it in their usual smart way.

However, what's delicious about all this is the clear indication that Amazon got burned by over-reliance on a single shipper, UPS, and that they're trying to avoid having all of their eggs in one basket this season.

Why, it's almost as if they've discovered that monopsony is a bad thing!

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