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Amazon bolsters lobbying as it builds delivery services

21 March 2016

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.

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8 Comments to “Amazon bolsters lobbying as it builds delivery services”

  1. Yup.
    That is how you play the game in the post-Microsoft era.

    So much for the AU hopes of staging a similar lynching of Amazon.

  2. The improving roads and bridges is interesting. Just watched John Oliver’s Infrastructure video the other day. I know we have problems here in Canada with it.

    Btw, anyone watch the porous concrete video? It won’t work up here due to the cold but might help a bit in the southern US.

    • That’s the part that caught my eye too. [nod] If Amazon can convince Washington to cough up some money to repair our crumbling roads and bridges, I’m all for it. Go Bezos! [waves pompoms]

      Angie

  3. It’s worth noting that you also need lobbyists to try to explain to people why bills should not pass that are designed by your competitors to change the landscape against you.

    Or to explain to the FCC why they should not outlaw a particular operating system by requiring that access point manufacturers prevent anyone from loading that operating system.

    • This is more of a defensive move. Hillary Clinton’s $14,000,000.00 book advance for Hard Choices, which has very low sales, may be viewed by cynics (who prefer the term: realists) as payment from traditional publishing for future services.
      Not to single her out: there are plenty of others lining up to attack Amazon. Jeff needs congressmen in his pocket as a shield against other congressmen. It’s smart in this modern world to buy up (I mean lobby) as many as he can.

      • Oh, do single her out.
        The Microsoft lynching was direct payment to the top campaign funds bundler in California.
        The Clintons are honest politicians…

        • Felix, In Texas, an honest politician is one who stays bought.

          If you can’t take their money, drink their whiskey, screw their women, and still vote against them, you don’t belong in the Texas legislature. –Bob Bullock, once Texas’s Light-Gov-fer-Life

          • Elsewhere, too. 😀

            Most especially in DC.

            All politicians are on the take but Texas is far from the worst example of the species.
            The Lousiana and Illinois breeds are worse than Texas. But so far, none is worse than the Chicago strain.

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