NEW YORK - Sunday night on 60 Minutes, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos revealed a new system of 30 minute delivery that is in the works, and is planned to be available in five years: Amazon Prime Air, delivery by drones.
“The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy,” Bezos told interviewer Charlie Rose. “All the reliability to say this can’t land on somebody’s head.”
In the meantime, will Illinois be behind on this service since Amazon.com pulled out of the state a few years ago when the state instituted the "Amazon sales tax"?
The Illinois Supreme Court found the state's internet sales tax to be void and unenforceable because it conflicts with a federal law that temporarily blocked new state or federal taxes aimed at online retailers or Internet providers, the first court in the country to take that stance. But others say a conflict with federal law merely makes the state tax unenforceable.
Another question is how much will this future automated service affect human-employing delivery companies like FedEx and UPS - where union workers are now threatening to strike?