The speed and convenience of Amazon’s own delivery network has regularly come at the price of safety, as detailed today in an extensive report by BuzzFeed News and ProPublica — including the death of Joy Covey, Amazon’s first CFO, who died when a van delivering Amazon packages turned left in front of her while she was riding her bike.
As Christmas approaches, Amazon deliveries are being raced across the country to get to people’s homes in time, and over the past few years, more Amazon-branded vans delivered those gifts — rather than the United Parcel Service or United States Postal Service. That’s because Amazon has made a concentrated effort to grow its own delivery network, allowing the company to control its own logistics and deliver more packages faster, and the company now delivers more than half of its own packages.
The report details many ways Amazon has sacrificed speed for safety to grow its delivery network and how drivers have made dangerous decisions to keep up with the demands of their job. For example:
Those are just a few examples, but I highly recommend reading the report in full.