NEW YORK (AP) – Waiting is so yesterday.
Buyers increasingly want their orders to come to their door as soon as they hit a button, whether it's hot food, groceries or a sofa. In response, retailers rely on delivery services to deliver packages faster.
In the latest development, the online leader Amazon, who played a crucial role in raising the expectations of buyers for almost instant gratification in recent years, announced on Thursday plans to build its own fleet of vans by independent Contractors
Other companies are also considering radically new initiatives to make it easier to bring their products into the hands of customers and transform shopping as we know it. Here's a look at the changing environment for Deliveries:
WHAT ARE RETAILERS MAKING PRODUCTS FASTER TO SHOPPERS 'HOMES?
Many have expanded services that allow online shoppers to pick up their orders at the store. But the latest strategy? Delivery of products to customers at home the same day
Walmart plans to expand the delivery of food on the same day to more than 40 percent of households in the US or 1
00 major cities by the end of the year. It will continue to use tachograph services, but is also testing the use of shop employees to drop off goods at the end of their working shifts
With the $ 550 million takeover of logistics startup Shipt, Target plans roll-out delivery in that facility Year nationwide.
Walmart is testing smart-lock technology, which allows delivery companies to enter a customer's home and refill the refrigerator. And some Amazon Prime members can have packages in their homes or in the car.
Meanwhile, startups like Deliv are working with retailers like Best Buy and Macy's to deliver products to their homes the same day.
WHAT A CHALLENGE MEET THIS ON FEDEX AND UPS?
Amazon uses the large parcel delivery services, smaller companies and the post office. But it has also launched its own air fleet of 40 aircraft, rolled out a convoy of trucks and built its own distribution centers.
UPS and FedEx leaders have long ridiculed the idea that Amazon could become a competitor. and most analysts have agreed – and still do.
The loss of Amazon's business would damage the shipping giant, but not destroy it. Analysts estimate that UPS generates up to 6 percent of its Amazon sales and FedEx about 3 percent.
UPS, for example, uses approximately 117,000 trucks and 500 aircraft and employs 2,700 pilots to deliver an average of 20 million parcels per day worldwide
WHAT ARE THE RISKS FOR AMAZON?
Right now, when parcels are delivered late or not delivered, or when they are in the rain or otherwise damaged, Amazon can blame the suppliers. If the company switches to its own vans, customers will be unable to blame anyone but Amazon
IS THIS POSTED BUSINESS BUSED?
It is unclear whether Amazon will limit its postal deliveries in favor of its own as soon as that could happen. But it's no secret that the US Postal Service is struggling financially for high retirement and healthcare costs and a slump in revenue from premium letters and other posts, and that a bright spot was packages.
Post Office's revenue from shipping and parcel services, which includes shipping boxes from Amazon and other e-commerce companies, increased 12 percent to $ 19.5 billion in fiscal 2017 compared to the same period last year [1,659,505] ] Are there enough tablets to meet the demand?  The number of courier and delivery jobs in the US has risen by a third over the past two decades to 737,300 in May. More jobs were booked in the broader category of transport and warehousing, which includes freight forwarders and other industries, as well as supply workers, than in April. This suggests that companies can not find the manpower they need.
BUT WILL ROBOTS NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO PEOPLE WHO DELIVER PRODUCTS TO HOUSES?
At least not yet. Few retailers and restaurants are testing driverless cars for deliveries, including Domino's Pizza and Pizza Hut.
Kroger says it plans to open a self-service delivery service by the end of the year, making it the first US grocer to shipments without a human being being able to ride in case something goes wrong.
AP economics writer Chris Rugaber in Washington has contributed to this report.