- Amazon is trying to expand its network of package-delivery couriers by offering several incentives, including discounts on vehicles and fuel, to new business owners who want Prime delivery jobs.
- Delivery partners who are accepted into Amazon’s program could earn about $US300,000 in annual profits operating a fleet of up to 40 delivery vehicles, the company said.
- Amazon already works with hundreds of third-party courier companies nationwide that hire and manage their own fleets of drivers.
Amazon is offering new incentives to anyone who wants to open and run a courier business delivering packages for the e-commerce behemoth.
The company says delivery partners who are accepted into the program could earn about $US300,000 in annual profits operating a fleet of up to 40 delivery vehicles.
To start, the partners need only a minimum investment of $US10,000. People can apply through the company’s website.
Amazon said it would provide discounts on Amazon-branded vehicles customised for delivery, branded uniforms, a fuel program, comprehensive insurance coverage, and more.
People interested in applying for the program don’t need to have any experience in delivery and logistics, the company said.
Amazon said it plans to eventually hire hundreds of business owners into the program who would employ tens of thousands of drivers across the US.
Amazon already works with hundreds of third-party courier companies nationwide that hire and manage their own fleets of drivers.
The new incentives appear to be part of an effort by Amazon to rapidly expand that network, as its last-mile-delivery needs have ballooned in recent years.
The company’s shipping costs nearly doubled over three years, to $US21.7 billion in 2017 from $US11.5 billion in 2015.
Amazon said current delivery service providers would have access to the new discounts as well.
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