DHL has recently said to the supply chain publication Loadstar that the only way to keep e-Commerce companies such as Amazon, Alibaba, eBay and Etsy from becoming competition for existing international logistics companies is for the latter to innovate so the former has no reason to cease using the latter’s services.

In 2015 Amazon launched it’s own airline and recently took delivery of the first 48 of its order for 250 53ft freight containers, as it aims to become both an e-Commerce platform and transport network.

DHL does not envisage Amazon to be a major threat to its operations, with DHL’s chief executive for the Americas, Mike Parra saying “[Amazon] is one of our largest customers globally, so is undoubtedly a friend, and I don’t see that changing any time soon

It will be interesting to see how Amazon’s decisions impact business in Australia in the years to come.