Amazon has recruited two key employees for its electric bike delivery team in New York City, including a former Uber manager, which suggests that Amazon may see this technology as another way to provide faster delivery times.
Alex Vickers joined Amazon in June as the senior project manager of the company’s electric bicycle division. He previously worked on the business development team of Jump, an electric bike rental company that was acquired by Uber in 2018 and then sold to mobile startup Lime in May. On Monday, Vickers announced on LinkedIn that he will move to Amazon.
Amazon also hired Justin Ginsburgh to lead the electric bike team in June. Before joining Amazon, Ginsburg co-founded the Citi Bike bike-sharing service in New York City, and held leadership positions in Motivate, a bike-sharing service owned by JetBlue and Lyft, and worked with Wicks.
Recent recruiters indicate that Amazon may be looking for electric bicycles as an alternative transportation method for last-mile delivery, that is, the process of picking up the goods from the delivery station and dropping the package at the door, which is a key and costly logistics problem. Partly for Amazon.
Amazon has invested a lot of money to expand its last-mile delivery capabilities, launched Amazon-branded trucks and contracted Flex driver networks, and tested autonomous delivery robots and a batch of delivery drones. In the past few years, it has also opened hundreds of delivery stations nationwide, which helps ensure its delivery speed in two or even one day.
Amazon told CNBC that it has operated a fleet of approximately 200 pedal-assisted electronic freight delivery vehicles in New York City for the past 18 months. Amazon said delivery service partners are using these bicycles to deliver from Whole Foods locations in three areas near Williamsburg in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Each bicycle can carry up to 45 packages. Amazon’s delivery service partners-third-party companies that handle last-mile deliveries-must train riders on how to safely operate Amazon e-cargo bikes, which are stored and charged at Amazon facilities.
The company said that Amazon plans to significantly expand its e-bike service in the next few months because it has been well received by customers, e-bike riders and service partners. An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on the number of employees on its electric bike team, which is overseen by Amazon’s last mile delivery department.
Since December of last year, the company has been testing electric cargo bikes for the whole food delivery service in New York City as part of a pilot program run by the city to ease traffic congestion and reduce reliance on cargo trucks. According to the work list released in August, Amazon continues to develop a cargo bike delivery team in New York City.
Amazon has conducted small tests of electric bike delivery in many other cities, but New York City, where Vickers and Ginsburg are located, is still its largest office location. Amazon said that the company is testing electric cargo bikes from many companies including Raleigh, Haibike and Rad Power, with the aim of finding out which electric bike is best for you. Operations.
Amazon has tried bicycle delivery before. It tested the Prime Now delivery service in Seattle and New York City and subsequently closed the bicycle delivery service.
Other companies such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates and Grubhub all use bicycle delivery companies in New York City, but they are basically limited to delivering food.
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Post time: Sep-15-2020