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Few companies have any appetite  – or the necessary investment – to set up last-mile delivery services to rival the integrators. But Amazon is giving it a go.

Trialling deliveries in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, the internet retailer hopes to cut shipping costs and avoid the problems – and additional costs – it experienced at Christmas when high demand and bad weather caused delays.

But a decent network is some way off, and these initial trials are unlikely to leave the likes of UPS and FedEx quaking in their boots… yet.

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