In today’s world, we want everything to be faster and more convenient. The rise of eCommerce has given rise to two companies that are competing with one another to bring this demand for convenience into the lives of online shoppers everywhere. Their names? Amazon and Target.
Amazon, a global online retailer with no brick and mortar stores, has developed a vast network of distribution centers not only in the United States, but around the world. With over 240 facilities and 92 million square-feet of usable space, the company is able to service a large amount of customers on a regular basis. In fact, the company is experiencing so much growth that it’s planning over 20 new distribution facilities with an additional 27 million square-feet. While many were well aware that Amazon Prime membership offers free two-day shipping on thousands of items, many are only now learning about a different service offered called Amazon Prime Pantry. Amazon states that Prime Pantry allows members to shop for groceries and household products. The company provides a large selection and special savings all while providing the convenience that modern and busy shoppers are looking for in their lives. Unlike many retailers that require you to buy in bulk, this service allows you to shop for standard sizes and have them shipped right to your doorstep.
Target, some may say in response to Amazon, recently introduced Target Restock. Similarly to Amazon Prime Pantry, Target Restock is aimed directly at individuals looking for a more convenient method of shopping for everyday items. With this program, Target states that customers will be able to fill a large specifically sized box with as many items as it can fit. Target is restricting the weight of each box to a total of 45 lbs and each box will be shipped for a flat fee. As long as the orders are placed by 1:30 p.m., Target states the customer will receive the box on their doorstep the next day. While still in its early stages, Target says the service will remain competitively priced.
Amazon and Target are not the only two companies that are utilizing the idea of delivering home goods and smaller items to your doorstep. Other businesses such as grocery stores are testing similar services in select cities across the nation. It will certainly be interesting to see how these services develop and affect the transportation and logistics industry in the future.
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