From The Seattle Times:
Ever since Jeff Bezos started the website Amazon to sell books, he has wrestled with how to deliver its products as quickly and cheaply as possible. Today, Amazon, now a retailing giant, remains obsessed with this issue, building its own fleet of drones, buying trailers for trucks and signing up drivers for on-demand deliveries.
And nowhere is the company’s push to become a logistics and delivery powerhouse more evident than here in the nation’s capital. Amazon has emerged as one of the tech industry’s most outspoken players in Washington, spending millions on this effort and meeting regularly with lawmakers and regulators.
Amazon has pushed officials to allow new uses for commercial drones, to extend the maximum length of trucks, to improve roads and bridges and to prop up a delivery partner, the U.S. Postal Service.
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Colin Sebastian, a senior analyst at Robert W. Baird, said, “Amazon is disrupting huge industries; retail was a start, then the enterprise market with its cloud platform and now transportation logistics.” He added, “This is Jeff Bezos’ playbook, and achieving it by influencing legislation would be consistent with that plan.”
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When Paul Misener, Amazon’s global head of policy, took over the company’s Washington office 15 years ago, he had a staff of two focused on retailing tax laws and technology-related issues. Amazon now has more than 60 people listed as its lobbyists — double what it had just two years ago, according to the data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Link to the rest at The Seattle Times and thanks to J.A. for the tip.