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. Believe it or not you can get going for as little as $10K and Amazon is committing $1M for military veterans to help them get started.
Those interested first need to apply at its website, logitstics.amazon.com.
Amazon says it will offer support to business owners and those wanting to start a delivery business, including discounts on insurance, technology and other services. But keep in mind that those vans can only be used to deliver Amazon packages. They'll be plugged into Amazon's software, which will determine where the drivers go. Amazon would not say if it was requesting a set minimum wage for the drivers. "This opportunity provides a future for my family, for my daughters".
The company has been building up its own fleet of 7,000 of trucks and 40 airplanes to cover the "middle mile" of delivery.
There's probably a lot of people out there who wish they could work for Amazon considering it's one of the largest and most successful companies in the world.
Clark said he expects the companies to join the program with 20 to 40 trucks will employ about 100 drivers. "I think there's more than enough for everybody", he said. According to an eMarketer forecast, over 40 percent of all e-commerce purchases this year will be made on Amazon.
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.
By not relying entirely on partners like FedEx and USPS, Amazon gets more control over the customer experience, better customer service and greater capacity to make more next-day and same-day deliveries, Sebastian said. This new Amazon offering continues the company's longtime commitment to enabling small-and-medium-sized businesses to grow with the rising tide of e-commerce.
At the same time, it's able to avoid the less desirable parts of owning and running its own delivery fleets, like the burden of acquiring and operating vehicles and managing employees.