Amazon offers to help employees start delivery business, Amazon will give employees $10,000 and 3 months pay to set own firm. An Amazon statement said the latest incentive would also include three months of wages for employees who want to start their own delivery enterprise, and that they would be assured “consistent delivery volume” from the company. Since launching in June 2018, 200 small businesses have launched to deliver Amazon packages.
Amazon says it will cover up to $10,000 in startup costs for employees who are accepted into the program and leave their jobs. Those who participate will be able to lease blue vans with the Amazon smile logo stamped on the side. The company says it will also pay them three months’ worth of their salary. Since last year, some 200 people have begun Amazon delivery startups, and the company said it expects “hundreds” more with the added incentives, available in the United States, Britain and Spain.
The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders. Whole Foods employees are not eligible to receive the new incentives. These budding entrepreneurs are kept safe in the knowledge that they will be busy thanks to the “consistent delivery volume,” Amazon said in a statement to the press. They will also have access to the company’s delivery technology and discounts on Amazon-branded vans, uniform, and insurance.
One of them is run Milton Collier, a freight broker who started his business in Atlanta about eight months ago. Since then, it has grown to 120 employees with a fleet of 50 vans that can handle up to 200 delivery stops in a day. It has already been preparing for the one-day shipping switch by hiring more people.