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BizReport : Ecommerce : July 25, 2016

Amazon flexing its delivery options in the UK

Amazon is to test its latest delivery initiative in the UK during the coming months and, no, it isn't drones.

by Helen Leggatt

Amazon's latest alternative delivery method, Flex, is set to be trialed in the UK and ads have already been spotted on Craigslist offering between £13 - £15 (US$17-$19.60) per hour for those with a car, an Android phone and spare time to deliver packages from distribution centers to customers' selected destinations.

It's like Uber... but for parcels.

As well as offering a solution for impulse buyers, and helping the company maintain its goal of delivering within 1 hour for Prime Now members, Amazon believes it is helping those people who need flexibility in hours to get into the workforce.

The etailer has traditionally hired smaller courier companies to deliver products ordered on its website, after setting up delivery stations near clusters of customers.

Meanwhile, Amazon has not given up on its quest to deliver using drones. Just last week the company received a patent for "UAV docking station" idea which basically entails drones landing atop " existing structures such as cell towers, church steeples, office buildings, parking decks, radio towers, telephone/electrical poles, and other vertical structures" to recharge, shelter from a storm, or relay a package onto another drone.

Tags: delivery, ecommerce, UK

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