Amazon looking to foster small independent delivery fleets

Amazon vans may soon be delivering packages to shoppers

Get together $10,000 in startup funding, apply through Amazon and the company will help you to start your own business. The new delivery business program is also separate from Amazon Flex which pays drivers from $18 to $25 an hour to deliver packages using their own vehicles.

"Delivery service partners" need $10,000 to start their business.

Each delivery unit will start their day at one of 75 current Amazon stations in the US where parcels ordered from Amazon.com are picked up by drivers wearing blue-collared shirts with an Amazon logo and black hats. Amazon will offer discounts for costs incurred to run the business on expenses like fuel, insurance and benefit programs.

"You choose the pace at which you want to grow, and you get an opportunity to be a business leader in your community", Dave Clark, the senior vice president of Amazon's worldwide operations, told CNNMoney. "We are going to empower new, small businesses to form in order to take advantage of the growing opportunity in e-commerce package delivery".

The delivery wars are heating up, and this time Amazon is recruiting small businesses to assist in battle. It never specified if it would be paying the firms on a per delivery, mile driven, or per month basis. He said the new delivery program will help meet the growth in e-commerce. Also helping expand its reach: Amazon Flex drivers who use their own vehicles to deliver packages.

Recently, the company has come under fire from President Donald Trump who tweeted that Amazon should pay the U.S. Postal Service more for shipping its packages. Previous year it introduced Amazon Flex, which allows independent drivers to pick up shifts delivering packages around town.


With its new program rolling out Thursday, contractors around the country can launch businesses that deliver Amazon packages.

The company expanded its Amazon Key service in April, allowing delivery people to leave packages in someone's parked auto, as long as the vehicle is parked in a publicly accessible place.

The company has also very publicly made it known that drones play a part in its potential last-mile delivery solutions.

Amazon has built up a fleet of more than 6,000 trailers and almost three dozen cargo jets to bulk up its long-range delivery network. They operate their own businesses and hire their own employees, though Amazon requires them to offer healthcare, paid time off, and competitive wages. Amazon ended up offering refunds to customers - a situation it would no doubt like to avoid in the future.

Amazon has been slowly building out its own delivery system over the past few years as a way to better control its logistics chain.

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