Amazon e-bike expansion to ‘triple’ deliveries in capital

Amazon has announced the expansion of its UK e-cargo bike fleet with the launch of three additional delivery hubs in Manchester and London.

The new London hubs in Wembley and Southwark join Amazon’s existing e-cargo bike fleet in the borough of Hackney. Amazon said the Hackney hub had already made over five million deliveries in 2022 and that the additional hubs would “more than triple” the e-cargo bike fleet making deliveries across the capital.

The new hub in Manchester marks Amazon’s first launch of its fleet services outside of London.

The new hubs form part of Amazon’s £300 million investment in the electrification and decarbonisation of the company’s UK transportation network.

“With more than €1 billion committed to electrifying and decarbonising our European transportation network over the next five years, including more than £300 million in the UK alone, we remain laser focused on reaching net carbon zero by 2040,” said John Boumphrey, UK country manager at Amazon.

Boumphrey added: “These new hubs will not only bring our customers more electric-powered deliveries, but also support local authorities looking for ways to reduce congestion and find alternative transportation methods.”

The move comes as Amazon plans to lay off at least 10,000 staff, with job cuts continuing into 2023.

This represents the latest spate of job cuts from BigTech firms. Facebook owner Meta recently cut 11,000 staff while one of Elon Musk’s first actions as owner of Twitter was to cut around half of its 7,500 staff.

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