In an effort to help bolster public transit in an era of ridesharing as well as increase its last-mile delivery options, Amazon acquired a patent to use public buses as mobile delivery pick-up points

Amazon‘s offer of free two-day delivery to Prime members aimed to meet changing consumer expectations for online shopping. The etailer's next step in continuing to increase its serviceability to customers involves integrating public transportation vehicles into its logistics network as mobile delivery stations.

Last week, Amazon received a patent for remodeling public buses into delivery portals. The program would have customers pick out a bus stop and time frame at checkout. Then they would meet the bus at a set location like a grocery store and pick up their items from a module attached to the vehicle. In addition, the system would implement buses that are no longer needed by the city due to transit systems experiencing a loss of revenue as a result of services like Uber and Lyft.

Furthermore, using public bus stops as pick-up points increases Amazon's last-mile delivery flexibility by using existing infrastructure, giving customers more options for retrieval. “Some customers may not live or work near pickup locations, or may otherwise not want to take the time to travel to one,” the patent said. “In addition, some customers may live and work in regions where there are few or no carriers for delivering packages, thus complicating the delivery of items to any destinations near the customer.”

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Amazon‘s offer of free two-day delivery to Prime members aimed to meet changing consumer expectations for online shopping. The etailer's next step in continuing to increase its serviceability to customers involves integrating public transportation vehicles into its logistics network as mobile delivery stations.

Last week, Amazon received a patent for remodeling public buses into delivery portals. The program would have customers pick out a bus stop and time frame at checkout. Then they would meet the bus at a set location like a grocery store and pick up their items from a module attached to the vehicle. In addition, the system would implement buses that are no longer needed by the city due to transit systems experiencing a loss of revenue as a result of services like Uber and Lyft.