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Amazon Gets Own Trailer Fleet for Deliveries Between Warehouses

by Reem Nasr, CNBC /  / Updated  / Source: CNBC.com

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Amazon.com is getting into the delivery game itself, the company announced on Friday.

The e-commerce giant will employ its own fleet of trailers to deliver orders around the country. They will number in the "several thousands" and will be hauled by third-party tractors, according to an Amazon spokesperson.

The trucks will be used to deliver packages between Amazon warehouses, rather than to customer doors, the core business of FedEx and UPS.

The Amazon-branded trucks are being used to help Amazon handle "dramatically increasing" volumes, the company said. The new method will be another tool the company can use to help deliver items on time.

Amazon said the new trucks will serve as additional delivery power and that it will not cancel, or for that matter compete with, its existing partnerships with traditional shippers like FedEx and UPS.

Shares of Amazon, FedEx and UPS were all slightly higher in Friday morning trade.

— Recode contributed to this report.

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