Is Amazon Running A Secret Shipping Business With Major Disruptive Potential?

People can use any number of adjectives to describe global online retail giant Amazon, but timid is not one of them. After creating major disruptions in the retail and data management space, Amazon may soon be creating major disruption in another area: transportation and logistics.

Taking Matters Into Its Own Hands

According to a new report by Motherboard, Amazon is likely behind a secretive air cargo operation that has been running out of Ohio.

After taking a lot of heat following late deliveries during the 2013 holiday season, Amazon has been investing in ways to manage shipping under its own roof, such as adding courier partners and utilizing its own delivery trucks. These investments are intended to help reduce Amazon’s reliance on third-party shippers like United Parcel Service, Inc. UPS 0.1%, which Amazon has blamed for the 2013 debacle.

Dream On

In September, an air cargo operation by the name of Aerosmith run by Ohio holding company Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) began shipping…

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