Who would buy 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans?
Amazon would, actually. And they already did, according to one headline this week on Small Business Trends.
My guest this week on This Week in Small Business, John “Colderice” Lawson, says he believes the move to purchase all these fresh off the line Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans is a sign that Amazon is ready to take control of the whole process, from its warehouses to your front door.
(To be precise: This week’s show was recorded in his media studio, so I was his guest, in a way.)
We think two things are happening here. Amazon is moving forward with its plan to partner with local delivery and transportation companies to fulfill orders. And Amazon is taking over the “last mile” part of the order fulfillment process.
Right now, a lot of that business goes to the U.S. Postal Service. And it’s been reported — by some — that Amazon gets a good deal on postal rates but that may not always be true in the not-so-distant future.
Check out our takes on this move, especially, as it has the biggest impact on small business in the entrepreneurial sense.
John, the world traveler, schooled us all on why they’re going with the Mercedes-Benz vans, in particular.
“It sounds great on the surface, but if you go to Europe, all the vans are Mercedes-Benz vans. What people don’t know is that Mercedes-Benz makes vehicles and engines that are great for repeated use,” he says rather expertly.
On the rest of the show this week, John and I also discuss some of the latest SEO advice from Larry Kim and some tips on creating some top-shelf retail experiences for your customers.
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