Amazon Hub: A Broader Logistics Play

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Amazon is introducing an alternative method of getting packages to your door. As pictured above, these Hubs are large metal locker units in a common area of an apartment complex in which people can pick up their packages 24 hours a day. Amazon Hub also notifies you when a package has arrived, and they access their package with their own code at their convenience, and can grant permission to property staff to handle common delivery tasks such as signing for packages (not just from Amazon).

Amazon Hub is being targeting at real estate companies- they already have signed major property manager such as AvalonBay, J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Equity Residential.

Why It’s Hot:

A cnbc article about Hub says: “It’s another hint that Amazon is eyeing a broader logistics play and the first time the company has ventured beyond its own transactions and shipments.” This is significant, specifically for MRM because it’s in direct competition to our USPS account, seeking to be a last-step delivery option for FedEx, UPS, and private mail.