Free market will soon have a competitor of weight in Latin America in the segment of electronic commerce. Promptly, amazon plans to land in various markets in the region and Africa.
As revealed on Thursday by the media Business InsiderBillionaire Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce platform plans to launch in markets including Nigeria, South Africa, Chile and Colombia early next year. Amazon also plans to expand into Belgium, according to internal documents obtained by Insider.
The presence of the eCommerce platform in all countries is expected to have access to the fulfillment service called Fulfillment by Amazonthat is, to implement it on a scale similar to that offered in the United States.
Companies ship products to fulfillment centers and when a customer makes a purchase, they pick, pack, and fulfill the order. They will also provide Customer Service and process returns for those orders.
He even plans to bring his program to premium membership to each of the countries shortly after launch.
Jeff Bezos seeks with Amazon to also dominate the Latin American market. Photo: AFP
Undoubtedly, this advance of the American electronic commerce giant in the region will mean more competition for local companies such as Free marketan absolute benchmark in the segment in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.
On the other hand, the announcement of Amazon’s landing in the region wreaked havoc on the shares of Mercado Libre and Jumia, an e-commerce platform in Africa, who saw their shares fall between 7 and 10% as of Thursday afternoon. , as reported by Insider.
Amazon put a date on the delivery of orders with drones
Amazon revealed that it will start delivering its orders with drones at the end of 2022. Photo: EFE.
On the other hand, Jeff Bezos’s company promised this week that will start delivering packages using aerial vehicles unmanned from the end of this year. The new system will begin testing in Lockeford, a small town in central California that in a few months will witness the first “package rain.”
The e-commerce giant, which defined the service as Prime Air, assured in a statement that it already has the necessary technology and only needs to receive the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, for its acronym in English), so that their products can fall from the sky to the homes of buyers.
“By launching this service we will be investing in the community, creating new jobs and building relationships with local organizations, in addition to reducing carbon emissions”, reported the company.
Amazon has been working on this project for nearly 10 years, and scientists, engineers, aerospace industry professionals and futurists are involved.
“The promise of drone shipping has always seemed like science fiction. We’ve worked for nearly a decade to make it a reality,” the company said in a statement. All the actions that Amazon is taking regarding the delivery of packages point in the same direction: the future will be automated or it will not be.
According to Amazon, its engineers developed a technology that solve one of the main problems of most commonly used drones: they need to be manned because they are unable to recognize other objects on the way.
The company, based in Seattle (Washington), defines this advance as a “sophisticated” and “industry-leading” system, which is capable of detecting and avoiding other aircraft, people, animals and obstacles, without the need for “observers”. visuals”.
“This design was for two scenarios: fly safe in transit and be safe while approaching the ground… If obstacles are detected, our drones will change the route immediately”, added the company.
Lockeford, the city in which Amazon will begin testing the system after the approval of the Authorities, is located about 150 kilometers from San Francisco and has just over 3,000 inhabitants.
The residents of this small town in California will find a selection of products that can be delivered by drone on the usual Amazon website. Once purchased, they will receive the package at the corresponding address.
Amazon has been working on the drone project for nearly 10 years. Photo: EFE.
“For these, the drones will fly to the designated delivery area, descend into the customers’ backyard and hover at a safe distance. Subsequently, they will leave the package and return to altitude, “explained the company.
Although details about the operation of these drones are scarce, they will arrive at the buyer’s garden, land in a “free” zone, drop the package and return to the warehouse, the statement defines.
Despite the novelty of the technology, Amazon is not the first company to deliver orders by air. Its main competitor in the US, Walmart also tested drone shipments since last year in Arkansas and a few weeks ago it announced that it was extending its program in certain parts of the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia, with the promise of reaching up to four million households.
In the case of Walmart, shipments by drone cost $3.99 and hold a maximum of 4.5 kilograms.