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Amazon Looking To Abandon UPS, FedEx In Favor of Its Own Delivery Service (arstechnica.com) 239

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A report by The Wall Street Journal claims that Amazon is building its own shipping service to replace FedEx and UPS, giving it more control over its packages and possibly allowing it to ship packages from other retailers. Amazon has said its own delivery services would be meant to increase its capacity during busier times of the year, like the upcoming holiday season. However, "current and former Amazon managers and business partners" claim that the company's plans are bigger than that. The initiative dubbed "Consume the City" will eventually let Amazon "haul and deliver" its own packages and those of other retailers and consumers. That delivery network would also directly compete with the likes of UPS and FedEx. It makes sense that Amazon would want to sell, ship, and deliver orders on its own. The report estimates that the company spent $11.5 billion on shipping just last year, amounting to 10.8 percent of sales. The shipping process is currently a bit convoluted: packages from Amazon warehouses get sent to one of two shipping routes, either FedEx or UPS, or to a sorting facility that lumps all packages with similar zip codes together. FedEx and UPS handle its shipments and deliver them to customers, while the packages at the sorting facilities either get delivered via USPS or by Amazon employees themselves. If Amazon were to have control over its shipments over longer distances, it's estimated that the company could save about $3 per package -- about $1.1 billion annually.

Comment Re: $907? (Score 4, Informative) 75

I suspect that each thief used multiple accounts until each of the ATMs was out of money, then moved to the next one. Perhaps 10 or twenty large withdraws each one might take 10 to 20 minutes. Five to ten minutes to get to the next ATM would give four to eight 'sessions' over two hours, so I'd guess that each one worked 40 to 160 transactions, lets say 100 each for lack of better data. Meaning about 140 crooks for the 'back of napkin estimate', I'm no expert on the Yakuza, but that number seems really 'doable'.

Comment Re:These people don't stop existing, though (Score 1) 305

Why do you think that people are not entitled to their opinion? The irony is that you complain about 'political correctness' while complaining viciously about 'other people's language'. I can only come to the conclusion that they aren't 'politically correct' for your tastes

In reality, what you seem to think are earnest 'self righteous' (let me use the word you almost said) 'Social Justice Warriors', are simply a new version of trolls. 'this new generation' of trolls understands that everything you do or say online will be linked permanently and thus instead of calling other random people 'ass knockers' (which could be dug up and perhaps used against you in 20 years), they simply pound out anger on whichever righteous target is trending on Twitter.

Meh, welcome to trolling 2.0

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 3, Interesting) 1105

The Supreme Court itself will likely demand a replacement, if the extraordinary GOP posturing keeps the seat vacant too long. Personally, I think that we'll have an appointment within a month or two at most. Sure for now they'll spout out a bunch of nonsense, in large part because it's what they do, but the GOP leadership will likely want to avoid having their candidates commit on 'what they want in a Justice' on the campaign trail.

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 4, Interesting) 1105

That's what George Bush should have done with Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement instead he replaced her with Alito, however, picking a Supreme Court justice is the Constitutional right of a President and there is little support in the Senate to play games with the Supreme Court, in part because the Court itself might fight back. He's already picked two moderates, maybe this time we will get a real liberal, but I doubt it. So you'll likely have your moderate.

Comment Re:This is not a partisan issue, never has been (Score 1) 420

When I switch from Republican registration to Democratic, it wasn't because I was 'in love with the DNC', but because the GOP had clearly become so 'bat shit crazy', the joining the Democratic party wholeheartedly was the best way to oppose them as strongly as I could. If more people voted in the Democratic primaries, we'd likely have more liberal candidates and if more people showed up to vote in the general elections, especially in the midterms, even if they had to 'hold their nose and vote for a 'non perfect' democratic candidate, we'd have a better more liberal government. A government that is more willing to help the poor and middle class. Whining endlessly simply isn't a good plan for getting things done.

Comment Re: Either the workers of the world unite (Score 1) 420

Too many people make the mistake in believing that 'the free market' was a modern or even American invention. In truth it's a least as old as human beings if not older. It's regulations which as created modern society by reiging in 'the free market' with stability and a measure of fairness to both workers (who create a larger middle class) and businesses.

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