There is a start-up cost of $10,000, however. Over time, Amazon will empower hundreds of new, small business owners to hire tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the USA, joining a robust existing community of traditional carriers, as well as small-and-medium-sized businesses that already employ thousands of drivers delivering Amazon packages.
According to Amazon Logistics, "If you're a customer-obsessed people person who loves coaching teams in a high speed, ever-changing environment, becoming an Amazon Delivery Service Partner is an ideal opportunity for you". This issue is one of the biggest challenges for retail, as customers are increasingly expecting a faster and cheaper delivery of online sales. "You'll be expected to provide consistent coaching and support for your team to ensure the successful delivery of packages in a 7 days/week, 365 days/year operation".
Amazon announced today the launch of a new offering that helps entrepreneurs build their own companies delivering Amazon packages.
The ecommerce giant is seeking to assist hundreds of new small businesses to employ tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the United States by providing discounted vehicles, fuel, insurance, uniforms and access to "sophisticated delivery technology", the Seattle-based company said in a statement on Thursday. The move comes as President Donald Trump has complained about the postal service undercharging Amazon to deliver packages. People have to apply at logistics.amazon.com and be approved by Amazon.
These businesses will be treated as Amazon's Delivery Service Partners and will receive support from the ecommerce major.
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"We have great partners in our traditional carriers and it's exciting to continue to see the logistics industry grow", said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations. Amazon-branded vans will be available to lease and Amazon-branded uniforms can be bought for drivers.
Amazon has used independent contractors in the past to handle packages, especially during busy holiday shopping periods.
It's their latest attempt to gain even more control over their delivery network, which now ships over 5 billion packages around the world annually.
The new business would be responsible for hiring staff, and Amazon would be the customer, paying for the deliveries.