Start A Package Delivery Business With The Help Of Amazon

Amazon to employees We'll pay you to quit and haul packages

Amazon is trying to get away from relying on others to deliver its packages.

Amazon on Monday announced it is launching a new incentive for current Amazon employees to start a small business owning and operating a package delivery company.

The program provides $10,000 in funding and will pay the equivalent of the employee's salary with Amazon for three months while they get the business off the ground.

According to the announcement, Amazon developed the new arm of the program to help employees who are interested in the Delivery Service Partner program but need assistance during the transition process.

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As part of the extended program, which the company hopes will speed up delivery times, Amazon employees will leave their jobs to start their businesses.

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Since the program launched past year, more than 200 new small businesses have launched as a result.

The added capacity will be necessary as Amazon has announced it will be speeding up its delivery by transitioning Prime two-day shipping to one day. Whole Foods employees, however, are not eligible. Amazon is offering a complete package which it calls the Amazon Delivery Service Partner program.

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That program lets anyone offer to launch an independent Amazon delivery business. "As part of Amazon's commitment to empowering employees to achieve their career advancement goals, the company will support employees-turned-entrepreneurs with consistent delivery volume, technology support, hands-on training, and discounts on various tools and services, including Amazon-branded vans, branded uniforms and comprehensive insurance", she said.

An Amazon package is seen after being delivered in London, February 29, 2016. Amazon's sense of urgency is amplified by its desire to reduce its reliance on large third-party carriers like UPS Inc. Private companies are thus able to compete with the U.S. Postal Service in this space.

The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders. It has already been preparing for the one-day shipping switch by hiring more people.

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