Amazon Relay cuts down on the time it takes to check cargo into shipping hubs

Amazon’s new app, Relay, is aimed at smoothing the connection between truck drivers and shipping hubs. Almost 80% of goods are hauled by trucks that still use a paperwork and badge-based check-in system prone to human error. Truck driving is also one of the most common jobs in the U.S., so developing and owning the tech in this category means access to an $800 billion market.

Relay, which is available for Android and Apple devices, aims to centralize and speed the flow of trucks entering its shipping hubs by allowing drivers to enter cargo information through the app, utilize a QR code check-in process and pass quickly through dedicated Relay lanes.

Amazon has been making in-roads on the logistics front, purchasing fleets of trucks, planes and even two airlines. Right now, Relay remains specifically for Amazon’s use but it’s possible that once the app is past its adoption phase, the service may be opened up to others.

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Amazon’s new app, Relay, is aimed at smoothing the connection between truck drivers and shipping hubs. Almost 80% of goods are hauled by trucks that still use a paperwork and badge-based check-in system prone to human error. Truck driving is also one of the most common jobs in the U.S., so developing and owning the tech in this category means access to an $800 billion market.

Relay, which is available for Android and Apple devices, aims to centralize and speed the flow of trucks entering its shipping hubs by allowing drivers to enter cargo information through the app, utilize a QR code check-in process and pass quickly through dedicated Relay lanes.