According to a report from The Detroit News, fleet sales - including governments and car rental agencies - have already surpassed 2.6 million units through November this year.
The sale of delivery vans is only set to gather pace, according to Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates, a logistics research and consulting firm.
"A lot of those vans are going to build out Amazon's small-package delivery in metro areas," he said. "There's going to be an opportunity because e-commerce is growing so fast, and these networks are growing as well."
Amazon has bolstered its own door-to-door delivery rates after solely relying on United Parcel Service Inc, FedEx Corp, and the US Postal Service. A larger percentage of deliveries are now outsourced to independent contractors, while bulk buying of vehicles equates to savings on fuel and insurance.
Next year, according to SJ Consulting Group, Amazon is expected to take care of 70 percent of its own deliveries. Contributing to the shift is the Seattle company's opinion that FedEx's performance has been on a downward path in recent times.
It all means that automakers like Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler, and Ford are seeing burgeoning sales of their vans. For instance, Fiat Chrysler delivered 25 percent more of its Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans through September. Mercedes van deliveries are up 2.9 percent this year (after a 9.1% jump last year), with an Amazon order of 20,000 Sprinter vans being announced in 2018.
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