Amazon boss Jeff Bezos posted a video of himself behind the wheel of a tractor on Tuesday as the e-commerce giant started building a $ 1.5 billion freight facility in Kentucky.
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The company is investing the money in a 3 million square meter "Air Turnstile" at Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport the company celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. The project was first announced in 201
Amazon has a 50-year lease for approximately 900 acres at the airport – where the company will handle its own deliveries to reduce costs and bring faster packages to customers.
"Amazon Prime Air Hub promises to revolutionize the fulfillment industry worldwide," said Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky, in a statement.
Bezos said Tuesday that the company would postpone Prime Shipping from two to one day.  Amazon is expected to lease 40 Boeing 767 aircraft while the Hub can support a fleet of more than 100 Prime Air cargo aircraft. The new plant, due to open in 2021, is expected to have around 2,000 employees.
Amazon's investment is fueling speculation that it could one day compete directly with other courier services, such as UPS and FedEx.
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The groundbreaking comes when the race for faster shipping gets hot. Retail competitor Walmart announced on Tuesday that it will gradually offer all online shoppers starting at an order value of $ 35 free next-day delivery.
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Moody's analyst Charlie O'Shea In a statement on Tuesday, Walmart wrote that Walmart continues to face a "significant advantage" in the form of 5,300 branches Amazon have.
These businesses expand a world-class proprietary distribution network as they are also potential shipping points, "wrote O & # 39; Shea.