Move over UPS truck: Amazon delivery vans to hit the street

Amazon Wants To Help Entrepreneurs In Charlotte Build Their Own Delivery Fleet

Amazon Wants the Whole Package in Delivery

Now under the Amazon Delivery Service Partner, he has 40 employees, both full time and part-time. Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, said the new program is not a response to Trump, but a way to make sure that the company can deliver its growing number of orders.

The new scheme could come in handy for those who felt uncomfortable on many counts with the existing Amazon Flex program where some of the Uber drivers were recruited to make the last mile deliveries and it posed many bottlenecks for them.

Owners of these businesses will have delivery volume from Amazon and access to the company's delivery technology as well as discounts on assets and services, including vehicle leases and comprehensive insurance.

Drivers will be full-time workers instead of contractors, and Amazon will require business owners to give them paid time off and other benefits.

Amazon is offering incentives for entrepreneurs to start their own small scale-delivery service.

Through the program, Amazon said it can cost as little as $10,000 for someone to start the delivery business.

The announcement follows public criticism of Amazon by President Donald Trump over the company's arrangement with the US Postal Service.

Amazon is constantly looking for hands-on leaders who think big and deliver results for our customers.

Clark said that the new program will supplement Amazon's existing shipping setups, and that all its usual relationships with partners, including the USPS, will remain intact.

Each small business could have a fleet of up to 40 vehicles, Amazon said.

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. People have to apply at and be approved by Amazon. According to an eMarketer forecast, over 40 percent of all e-commerce purchases this year will be made on Amazon. 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 U.S. delivery centres and dropping them off at shoppers' doorsteps. With the new startup initiative, the online store will be able to boost its shipment capacity while putting Amazon-branded vehicles and uniforms on the streets.

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