A source tells Bloomberg the project, codenamed Dragon Boat, is “proceeding.” The initiative will provide competition for Alibaba and various cargo middlemen, as well as logistics partners UPS and FedEx.
Bloomberg: “Amazon wants to bypass [the middlemen], amassing inventory from thousands of merchants around the world and then buying space on trucks, planes and ships at reduced rates. Merchants will be able to book cargo space online or via mobile devices.”
The 2013 doc: “Sellers will no longer book with DHL, UPS or Fedex but will book directly with Amazon. The ease and transparency of this disintermediation will be revolutionary and sellers will flock to [Fulfillment by Amazon – FBA] given the competitive pricing.” Amazon would automate shipping paperwork and obtain cheaper wholesale cargo rates on account of its scale. Bloomberg adds the company could also provide financial services such as loans and payment-processing for merchants.