• Amazon invested $800 million to speed up its famous two-day shipping into one-day delivery by the end of 2019. The success of this service remains dependent on FedEx, UPS and USPS, even as the company broadens the reach of its own delivery systems. The company’s new digital freight platform is part of this effort, as Amazon expands its carrier network.
  • According to Amazon’s Q1 2019 financial report, Amazon Web Services remains the company’s largest source of profit, rising 42% to $7.7 billion over the course of the past year. AWS accounted for 13% of revenue in the quarter.
  • Amazon Key is now available, allowing the company to drop off packages in consumers’ garages. This aims to further enhance convenience and security for Amazon shoppers, but it requires myQ technology to be installed in garage doors—a product that is currently discounted on Amazon—as well as customer interest and comfortability, which remains moot.
  • Amazon now ships select medications via the prescription drug delivery service PillPack. Shoppers only pay for the cost of the medication, while service and shipping come at no cost. Amazon acquired PillPack in September 2018, signaling its dedication to entering the healthcare market. It’s possible that the offering will be folded into Amazon Prime, creating an additional incentive for consumers to sign up to the membership program.
  • Amazon will add 1,000 Amazon Lockers across the French retailer Casino Group’s footprint of grocery stores and supermarkets. Casino Group will also begin selling some items via Amazon. The inception of the partnership came in 2018 when Amazon began offering Monoprix, a supermarket, on Amazon Prime Now in Paris and other big cities in the country.