Amazon announced the day after Christmas that it delivered an astounding 1 billion parcels over the holiday season "for free."

Yet the complicated logistics network that allows Amazon to move goods — from factory to ship to loading dock to train to truck to fulfillment center to van to your doorstep — is anything but free.

Amazon's worldwide shipping costs have grown fifteenfold from 2009 to 2018. Net sales increased by sevenfold in the same time.

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