Amazon is now delivering half of its own parcels in the US, according to an estimate made by Morgan Stanley. The proportion of parcels delivered by Amazon doubled in the last year alone.
At its current rate, the company will pass both FedEx and UPS for domestic parcel volume by 2022, when it’s estimated to be delivering 6.5 billion parcels per year. UPS is predicted to be delivering 5 billion parcels a year, and FedEx 3.4 billion.
Earlier this year, Amazon invested in its new one-day Prime shipping initiative, which has boosted the need for the company to have direct control over every stage of the shipping process, including last-mile delivery to its customers’ doors.
From June to September, Amazon spent $9.6 billion on fulfilment, almost 50% more than the same period in the previous year.
In recent years, the company has also invested heavily in expanding its aircraft fleet.