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Amazon to Dispatch Semi-Truck Fleet to Increase Delivery Capacity

It may be early yet for drone delivery, so in another effort to quicken delivery, Amazon has opted for an old school approach—dispatching its own fleet of branded semi-trucks around the country.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the company purchased thousands of trucks to help speed up delivery. The trucks will move between Amazon’s facilities, helping the e-commerce company exercise greater control over its shipping and increase efficiency in stocking its warehouses.

And considering Amazon generated 35.7% of all online sales on Black Friday alone, demand for the speedier delivery is undoubtedly there.

Amazon said it will still use carriers like FedEx and UPS for its deliveries, the new trucks will just increase capacity.

Beyond that, according to The Wall Street Journal, the company filed a patent application last year, which was published this year, outlining mini-distribution centers run out of inventory stocked semi-trucks stationed in parking lots and cities that could also help with deliveries.

The first of its fleet carted 2,000 care packages destined for U.S. soldiers overseas.