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Amazon seeks lower shipping costs, carbon footprint with business customers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Amazon Business is offering its own version of the Amazon Day tailored delivery option for Prime members.

Amazon Day for Business enables Amazon Business Prime members in the U.S. to select a recurring day of the week to be their standard delivery day for Amazon purchases. As a result, Business Prime members can get weekly purchases for each address on their account grouped and delivered together. In February, Amazon launched the Amazon Day standard-day delivery program for consumers.

Amazon cites benefits such as the ability for members across an organization to better plan their deliveries and reduce their receiving effort by having purchases grouped and delivered together. Grouping deliveries can also reduce delivery truck traffic and the number of boxes needed for shipments, reducing the carbon footprint of deliveries and helping Amazon meet its Shipment Zero carbon reduction initiative. The program aims to make 50% of Amazon’s shipments reach net zero carbon by 2030, with an eventual goal of net zero carbon emissions for all its deliveries.

In addition, by consolidating deliveries, Amazon Day for Business could also help Amazon lessen its escalating shipping costs. In its most recent fourth quarter, Amazon’s shipping costs rose 23% to $9 billion.

“We’re pleased to help reduce packaging by coordinating the delivery of items to business customers with fewer shipments and boxes,” said Moz Thomas, director of Business Prime, Amazon Business. “Customer feedback indicates that having one scheduled delivery day per week helps them streamline and simplify their order receiving processes.”

To get started, Business Prime members can set their Amazon Day for Business in their address book or group address book, or when checking out with their next eligible purchase. Amazon Day for Business will then display as a shipping option on eligible items for everyone using that address across the organization. Business Prime members who enroll in Amazon Day for Business can also select other delivery options at checkout.

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