SOURCE: Burlington Northern Santa Fe

August 21, 2006 13:43 ET

Amazon.com Taps BNSF Logistics to Assist in Optimization of Inbound Inventory Flow

BNSF Logistics to Coordinate Regional Load Control Centers to Improve Velocity, Visibility and Flexibility of Product Moving From Domestic Suppliers Throughout the Amazon.com Distribution Network

SPRINGDALE, AR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 21, 2006 -- BNSF Logistics, LLC., announced today that Amazon.com, a Fortune 500 company offering the Earth's Biggest Selection, has selected BNSF Logistics for a comprehensive logistics management program.

Amazon.com, based in Seattle, Wash., will utilize the services of BNSF Logistics to enhance visibility and reduce cost by coordinating and managing inbound transportation from select vendors to Amazon fulfillment centers in North America. In support of the solution, BNSF Logistics will identify and implement cross-dock facilities as part of their supply-chain solution.

"After a thorough selection process, we selected BNSF Logistics to assist us in the management of our domestic inbound flow of goods. The solution offered by BNSF Logistics will help us to better manage our inbound flow of inventory, so that we can optimize availability on the items customers want to order," said Shawn Childs, Director of Platform Transportation at Amazon.com.

Eric Wolfe, vice-president and general manager of BNSF Logistics, indicated, "Our team is successfully implementing this velocity-based solution, leveraging our operating experience and customizing the service to meet Amazon's unique requirements, ultimately delivering value through cost savings and lead-time efficiencies."

About BNSF Logistics

BNSF Logistics, which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (BNSF) (NYSE: BNI), provides customers with a comprehensive set of supply chain solutions ranging from management and execution of single shipment transactions to daily management of complex distribution and sourcing networks. For more information about BNSF Logistics, visit their website at www.bnsflogistics.com.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.

As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, payments, fraud, consumer trends, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and all subsequent filings.

Contact Information

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