Amazon Testing Package Delivery With Newspaper Trucks

November 12, 2015 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

While Workhorse Group is all set to test package deliveries with its drone in Ohio, Amazon is looking at other options, such as newspaper trucks.

The U.S. internet-based retailer company was working on a delivery system known as Prime Air, which uses a small, unmanned aerial vehicle designed to get packages to clients in no more than 30 minutes. However, since the service will not be available for some time, this fall the company was conducting tests using newspaper carriers.

Since these trucks already have a delivery route, Amazon can simply piggyback on the service to get packages into customers’ hands more quickly — and more affordably. The method would certainly help reduce shipping costs, which rose by 28 percent during the first half of the year (compared to the same time in 2014).

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