The above table lists the top 20 cities in US which totals to nearly 117 million people. This total accounts for more than 37% of the US population. We are working under the assumption that there needs to be a FC within a 100 miles radius in order to provide the same day service. Under this assumption, 8 out of the top 20 MSAs have the same day service which covers around 14% of the entire US population.
The largest U.S. metropolitan population is New York City at 19 Million people which includes surrounding cities in NJ, CT, NY and PA. The nearest Amazon fulfillment center to this megalopolis is in Breinigsville, PA where two Amazon facilities are located (ABE2 & ABE3). The distance from these facilities to the center of Manhattan is 104 miles which exceeds the 100 mile maximum radius assumption that we defined earlier on, hence we state that Amazon is not currently in a position to provide same day service to New York City. This will of course change if the company starts up distribution operations in Woodbridge, NJ but at the moment, based on our 100 mile assumption, we categorize New York City as a city that is not same-day ready. The geographic graph (below) depicts all the major metropolitan areas (MSAs) that has a FC within the 100 mile radius in yellow and the ones that do not have an FC within the 100 mile radius in red.
|Source: Marc Wulfraat, MWPVL|