Amazon has begun shipping products from Chinese merchant partners to its US warehouses via ocean freighters, this is something it used to outsource exclusively, and another piece of the overall shipping and logistics picture, that it’s now controlling directly.
Amazon doesn't want to have to rely on (and pay) third-party delivery companies. It's already taken control of trucks and planes and now it's taking control of ships, The Wall Street Journal reports. Specifically, the Seattle-headquartered ecommerce giant has started handling the shipment of goods from Chinese retailers that sell on its platform to its vast US warehouses.
Amazon Expands Into Ocean Freight
Full story: The Wall Street Journal - http://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-expands-into-ocean-freight-1485357884
While Amazon doesn't actually own any ships itself, it has started reserving space on ocean vessels and acting as a global freight operator and logistics organizer. Other freight operators include, DHL, FedEx and UPS.
Last August, Amazon unveiled its first branded cargo plane, one of 40 jetliners that will make up the company's own air-transportation network. Amazon also has its own fleet of branded delivery trucks and it is testing delivery drones in a field just outside Cambridge, UK.