Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Amazon offers employees $10,000 to quit, launch delivery business

Amazon offers employees $10,000 to quit, launch delivery business

To do that, the company announced a plan Monday: to pay its employees to give up their job and help them start a business delivering Amazon packages.

Amazon also established the Delivery Service Partners initiative a year ago, allowing independent business owners to put the Amazon Prime logo on delivery vans even if they continue working with FedEx and UPS. The company says it will also pay them three months' worth of their salary.

Amazon created the Delivery Service Partner program a year ago, and it has reportedly resulted in the creation of more than 200 small businesses since its inception.

Overall, more than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since it launched the program last June, said John Felton, Amazon's vice president of global delivery services. The company sees the new incentive as a way to get more packages delivered to shoppers' doorsteps faster.

The offer comes as the company tries to decrease its shipping times for Amazon Prime members.

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In order for an employee to participate in the program, they will have to leave their current position at Amazon. It's sure to prove very popular with employees who'd like a change of career or a bit more control over what they do every day at work. Whole Foods employees, however, are not eligible. The new initiative from Amazon is part of its Delivery Service Partner program.

"An employee will leave their role at Amazon to build their business knowing they will have consistent delivery volume from Amazon, access to the company's sophisticated delivery technology, hands-on training, and discounts on a suite of assets and services, including Amazon-branded vans customized for delivery, branded uniforms and comprehensive insurance", the release states. We can only imagine what a fleet of 40 vans delivering parcels all day means for Amazon's profits.

Amazon said since it has started the delivery service, there have been more than 200 independent contractors who signed up to handle the deliveries.

Collier says his business is already preparing for the one-day shipping goal by looking for more workers.

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