A writer for the Atlantic tried delivering packages for Amazon for a single day in San Francisco and came to regret it. The same isn't true for Eshay Rangdol. The New York Times takes a fascinating look at the lengths—or, rather, heights—Amazon is going to in order to service customers around the globe. Rangdol, 26, works for Incredible Himalaya, which is Amazon's local delivery partner in the village of Leh, India. The town of 30,000 sits at an elevation of 11,562 in the Himalayas, making it "the highest spot in the world where the company offers speedy delivery."
Speedy here means five to seven days, which is sharply down from the month it took to get packages when the postal service handled them. Now, when the packages arrive on a plane from New Delhi, they're transported to a warehouse, sorted, and delivered via motorbike by Rangdol and other couriers. Since the partnership began in the fall, Amazon sales volume is up 12 times in Leh, with customers ordering everything from eye shadow and baby clothes to motorbike parts. Amazon forged that partnership even though the Times points out that its lifeblood—an Internet connection—can cease working for stretches as long as months in Leh due to winter snowfall. Read the full story for more on how the Leh deliveries fits into Amazon's long-term strategy. (Read more Amazon stories.)