Canadian all-cargo carrier, Cargojet Inc., has entered into a new strategic agreement with an affiliate of Amazon.com.ca expanding its role as a key provider of Amazon’s middle-mile transportation in Canada.
The agreement with Amazon affiliate, NV Investment Holdings, is in conjunction with Amazon’s and Cargojet’s existing commercial agreement for overnight air cargo services and charters and aims to “incentivise growth in Amazon’s utilisation of those services to support fast delivery for Amazon customers in Canada”, Cargojet says.
Under the new strategic agreement, Cargojet will issue warrants to Amazon to purchase variable voting shares that will vest based on the achievement of commercial milestones related to Amazon’s business with Cargojet. Cargojet expects the agreement to generate additional revenue growth and be meaningfully accretive to Cargojet’s earnings and cash flows over time.
Amazon utilises Cargojet’s overnight air network and charter aircraft services to move packages from Amazon facilities to other Amazon, or last mile carrier locations before final delivery to customers. Speed and reliability in this component of the logistics network are critical for enabling consistent delivery performance for Amazon customers across Canada, Cargojet notes.
Growth in e-commerce and recent industry announcements for even faster deliveries, as well as, seven days-a-week deliveries will drive Cargojet to further strengthen its premium domestic network, it adds.
Cargojet plans, over time, to add more non-stop flights allowing later departures and earlier arrivals to the 15 major cities that Cargojet already serves and to add new cities on its overnight network. These service and frequency enhancements will be available to all Cargojet customers, and will expand Cargojet’s reach to approximately 95 per cent of the Canadian population.
This optimised network will further improve fleet utilisation, create additional opportunities, and continue to help Cargojet enhance its customer-neutral, cost effective network for all its customers, the carrier says.
“Cargojet’s entrepreneurial culture, combined with our core values of strong customer focus, have enabled Cargojet’s customers to deliver and fulfill on their e-Commerce promises,” says James R. Crane, chairman of the Cargojet Board. “This agreement will support Cargojet further solidify its vision and strong leadership in the air cargo industry.”
Cargojet’s chief executive officer Ajay Virmani adds: “The commercial relationship the Cargojet team continues to build with Amazon has now allowed us to further strengthen and align our long-term strategic commercial interests. Our continuous commitment to provide value added services enables us to earn all of our customers’ trust as the leading overnight air-network operator,” he adds.
“Cargojet has been a key player in our Canadian middle mile operations for several years,” adds Adam Baker, vice president Global Transportation, Amazon. “We’re thrilled to build a longer-term relationship that will allow us to provide even faster service to Amazon customers in Canada.”