Delivery Service Partners, a program Amazon launched past year to provide funding to entrepreneurs looking to start parcel delivery businesses, is now open for current Amazon employees, Amazon announced today.
Amazon announced a new initiative for employees that would allow them to start their own package delivery companies.
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.
The retailer said it will fund the startup costs, up to $10,000, for employees who are accepted into the program and leave their jobs.
According to Amazon, nearly any entrepreneur can start a business with its Delivery Service Partner program with an initial investment as low as $10,000 to hire drivers and lease up to 40 vans to deliver Amazon packages from a warehouse to a person's home. In other words, they want you to start a business that will deliver prime packages.
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With Amazon's push to make one day prime delivery the new standard. Employees will be offered discounts on buying "branded uniforms" and Amazon delivery vans for their work. Amazon said it expects to add hundreds more of these businesses this year.
In efforts to fulfill orders faster, Amazon will help some employees transition to entrepreneurial life. Across the United States, more than 12,000 people have already taken part in Amazon's Career Choice program where Amazon pre-pays up to 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, up to $12,000, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
Collier says his business is already preparing for the one-day shipping goal by looking for more workers.
And while associating with Amazon "is extremely powerful", according to New York University Stern School of Business professor Anindya Ghose, no business is foolproof. We can only imagine what a fleet of 40 vans delivering parcels all day means for Amazon's profits.
The news comes as global e-commerce competition continues to intensify, with research asserting delivery times are a key differentiation for customers.