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Reuters reports that Amazon will postpone the June rollout of the delivery service that it intended would compete with both FedEx and UPS.

The reason:  Amazon needs the people and infrastructure to devote to the significant increase in its business caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"We regularly look at a variety of factors across Amazon to make sure we're set up in the right way to best serve our customers," the company tells Reuters.

KC's View:

It is sort of reassuring to have to confirmed that even Amazon has limits on its bandwidth.

Maybe this actually will work to its benefit.  Amazon won't launch its own delivery service in June as planned, and then the USPS will go belly up in July or August, which will allow Amazon to pick it up for a song in September, allowing it to leverage post office ubiquity to drive its local delivery services.  It'll even start closing down some post offices and moving their operations into the lobbies of its Whole Foods stores and some of the other grocery format chains that it launches, embedding in them "Go" checkout-free technology.