Amazon Air, Amazon's ($NASDAQ:AMZN) nascent air-cargo business that looks to sidestep industry stalwarts FedEx ($NYSE:FDX) and UPS Airlines ($NYSE:UPS), went on a bit of a hiring spree in July as it looks to make good on expansion plans aimed at streamlining the e-commerce giant's logistical backbone.

Amazon has said that it will be operating Amazon Air out of over 20 air gateways in the United States by 2021.

It seems Amazon plans to make good on that projection, as hiring activity for jobs that include "Amazon Air" in their titles spiked in June 2019.

The July hiring run saw listings for Amazon Air move from just 3 openings to 12 by the end of July. The majority of those positions are categorized as "Supply Chain/Transportation Management", with several focused on Operations.

Posted Date

Title

Category

20190719

Learning Operations Manager, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190715

Corporate Counsel, Amazon Air

Legal

20190710

Load Planner, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190708

Head of Procurement, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190627

Area Manager, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190627

Head of Procurement, EU Fleet Management & Services, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190624

Amazon Air, Carrier and Performance Manager

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190607

Operations Manager, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190607

Senior Operations Manager, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190529

Area Manager, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190405

Operations Manager, Amazon Air

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

20190319

Amazon Air Sr. Program Manager - Speed

Supply Chain/Transportation Management

They key to Amazon's success, if you ask Jeff Bezos, would be its customer experience. Making the process of ordering online and getting delivery within a timeframe that makes shopping at brick-and-mortar stores irrelevant has allowed Amazon to grow into one of the world's largest companies and make Mr. Bezos one of the richest people in the world. The first step in making good on that delivery experience has been creating fulfilment centers as close to customers as possible. Amazon Air's role will be to get product into those fulfilment centers as efficiently as possible.

Launched in 2015, Amazon Air (once called Amazon Prime Air) began as "Project Aerosmith" as a way to streamline the company's sorting and pre-positioning process. From a scale standpoint, Amazon Air is still small in comparison to FedEx — 30 markets compared FedEx's 130. But Amazon has comitted to leasing an additional 10 767-300 planes from Air Transport Services Group, bringing the total Amazon Air fleet to 50.

The deal has been good for Air Transport Services Group ($NASDAQ:ATSG), which has seen its workforce grow steadily as the deals with Amazon kicked in.

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