Amazon vans lined up at a distribution center in Orlando, Florida.
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According to reports, Amazon plans to open more than a thousand small delivery centers in cities and suburbs across the United States to help deliver products to customers as quickly as possible. The facilities will eventually number around 1,500 and could help the online retail giant, according to a report from Bloomberg on Wednesdayfor Amazon Prime subscribers.
Many of Amazon's warehouses are traditionally on the outskirts of the suburbs, but expanding these quick storage facilities would deepen them into communities in addition to car dealerships, fast food restaurants, and big box stores, according to Bloomberg.
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The move could help Amazon continue to push faster deliveries as it competes with other retailers, including Walmart. In addition to one-day shipping, Amazon already offers same-day deliveries of millions of items in 44 major metropolitan areas as well as the Prime Now program for deliveries in a few hours. Earlier this month, Walmart launched its ownThis has benefits like same-day shipping for some orders and a cashier-free check-out feature in the Walmart app.
Amazon declined to comment on the reported warehouse expansion, but said its last-mile delivery network is designed to complement what has already been provided by its carrier partners.
"Amazon's transportation network is based on over 20 years of experience in operations and logistics, an unwavering commitment to safety, technological innovation and talented teams obsessed with delivering for our customers," said an Amazon spokeswoman in an email Mail sent statement. "Our dedicated last-mile delivery network has just delivered its 10 billionth package since it was launched over five years ago. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our customers."