Amazon orders 20,000 vans to build delivery fleet

SHARE Amazon orders 20,000 vans to build delivery fleet
ap18248552105713.jpg

Amazon says “tens of thousands” of individuals have applied for the delivery program, and it had to up its van order to 20,000 from 4,500. | AP file photo

NEW YORK — Amazon says it has ordered 20,000 vans for its new delivery program in which contractors around the country can launch businesses that deliver packages for the online retailer.

The company says “tens of thousands” of people have applied for the program it announced in June, and it had to increase its van order from 4,500. The vans, which feature a blue smile logo, can be used by contractors to deliver packages.

The delivery program is part of Amazon’s plan to gain more control over how its packages are delivered. With it, Amazon.com Inc. can rely less on other delivery services, such as UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service.

Amazon.com Inc. says the vans will be built at a new Mercedes-Benz plant in South Carolina.

The Latest
Zoo officials responded after a visitor’s video appeared to show a polar bear sleeping in a tiny patch of ice; it was misleading, zoo officials said.
McKinley Park’s MAT Asphalt, others will have to resubmit bids later this year after new public health recommendations are issued.
The Park District will open 22 of its 49 outdoor pools and 15 of its 28 indoor pools next week.
Loyola coach Drew Valentine sees advantages to both and believes watching a player with his high school and club team is beneficial for different reasons.
Each ingredient plays a role in creating a salsa. Fruit, vegetables, fresh herbs, even beans are all fair game.