Amazon expands into new markets

Amazon5Amazon announced overnight it will be expanding into multiple new markets; pharmaceutical and delivery logistics.

The push into the pharmaceutical market has been facilitated by the acquisition of PillPack, a pharmacy designed for people who make multiple daily prescriptions.

The company delivers pre-sorted dose packaging, coordinates refills and renewals and makes sure shipments are sent on time making it easier for “any customer to take the right medication at the right time, and feel healthier,” according to TJ Parker, co-founder and CEO of PillPack.

Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer, explained that Amazon wanted to help PillPack “continue making it easy for people to save time, simplify their lives, and feel healthier.

“We’re excited to see what we can do together on behalf of customers over time.”

Alongside this announcement was a call for “hundreds of entrepreneurs” to start delivery businesses and join the traditional carriers and small and medium businesses already delivering Amazon packages.

“We have great partners in our traditional carriers and it’s exciting to continue to see the logistics industry grow,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations.

“Customer demand is higher than ever and we have a need to build more capacity. As we evaluated how to support our growth, we went back to our roots to share the opportunity with small-and-medium-sized businesses. We are going to empower new, small businesses to form in order to take advantage of the growing opportunity in e-commerce package delivery.”

Owners will have access to the company’s sophisticated delivery technology, and can earn as much as US$300,000 in annual profit operating a fleet of up to 40 delivery vehicles.

The company has promised discounts on important resources, such as branded vehicles customised for delivery, branded uniforms, fuel and comprehensive insurance coverage, to help keep startup costs as low as US$10,000.

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