Amazon's tightly choreographed distribution is designed to maximise speed and minimise costs, preconditions for success in its biggest international market. But contractors say finding drivers is increasingly difficult.
Deutsche Post DHL set a new target for an operating profit of 5.3 billion euros for 2022 and plans to invest heavily in areas like warehouse automation and analytics as it aims to keep up with fast-growing e-commerce.
The German cabinet approved a draft law on Wednesday to force logistics and ecommerce companies that outsource deliveries to ensure that their subcontractors pay proper social security contributions for their drivers.
Amazon has begun hiring its own drivers in Germany and plans to open 11 more distribution centres to expand its delivery business in its second biggest market, the firm's German logistics chief said in an interview.