Amazon Wants the Whole Package in Delivery

Amazon's new "Delivery Service Partners" and their staff members won't be employed by the tech company.

Your Amazon packages, which usually show up in a UPS truck, an unmarked vehicle or in the hands of a mail carrier, may soon be delivered from an Amazon van.

The new program which is called Amazon Delivery Service Partners aims at helping the e-commerce company meet up to its increasing demand for package deliveries.

Amazon recently launched its Delivery Service Partner program that allows anyone to signup to officially work with the major online retailer.

The business owners will be able to make as much as $300,000 a year in profit running a full-sized fleet of 40 vans and managing 100 employees, according to Amazon.

If you have $10,000 and want to be your own boss, you can apply to start your own small business, delivering Amazon Prime packages in Amazon (AMZN) branded vans and uniforms.

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Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice-president of worldwide operations, said the new programme is not a response to President Donald Trump, who has insisted that Amazon should pay the United States Postal Service more for shipping its packages, but a way to make sure that the company can deliver its growing number of orders. Amazon is also setting aside $1 million to help military veterans interested in starting their own delivery businesses.

Amazon has negotiated discounts for approved entrepreneurs, including lower rates on insurance, fuel and leases for Amazon branded vans that have been customized inside for package delivery.

Olaoluwa Abimbola, who was part of Amazon's test of the programme, said that the amount of packages Amazon needs delivered keeps his business busy.

Using workers who are closely connected to Amazon and can represent it but who are not actual Amazon employees hits a sweet spot for the company. As we evaluated how to support our growth, we went back to our roots to share the opportunity with small-and-medium-sized businesses. The contractor will be responsible for hiring delivery people, and Amazon would be the customer, paying the business to pick up packages from its 75 USA delivery centres and dropping them off at shoppers' doorsteps.

To apply, head to the Amazon Logistics website.

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  • Darren Santiago