Amazon Invites Startups to Help It Deliver

039;s new program to help entrepreneurs build businesses delivering Amazon packages including $1 million to fund startup costs for military

Amazon said over time, it would empower hundreds of new small business owners to hire tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the US. The company also says that participants have the potential to earn up to $300,000 in profits every year for a 40-vehicle fleet.

While Clark claims Amazon has "great partners in our traditional carriers", the company will offer Amazon-branded vehicles and uniforms to entrepreneurs, appearing to be a direct hit at FedEx and UPS.

As little as $10,000 is needed to get started and logistics experience was not required, according to its website, where interested individuals can apply for the program. Amazon also now lets individual drivers use their personal vehicles for deliveries through its "Flex" program, which has been criticized recently.

According to Amazon, startup costs are "as low as $10,000", with discounts given on things like Amazon-branded uniforms and vehicles.

"Customer demand is higher than ever and we have a need to build more capacity", Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a release. These businesses will then be responsible for delivering the company's packages to customers, rather than having another service handle it. He also did not reveal that whether it will base on pay per month, per mile driven, or per delivery. Now, they said, their delivery service employs more than 75 workers. President Donald Trump accused Amazon of giving the Postal Service a raw deal earlier this year, CNN pointed out. A year ago it introduced Amazon Flex, which allows independent drivers to pick up shifts delivering packages around town.

Meanwhile, Amazon has for almost three years had its Flex program where drivers can get paid for deliveries using their personal cars.

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Amazon is offering new incentives to anyone who wants to open and run a courier business delivering packages for the e-commerce behemoth.

Amazon has beefed up its delivery network in other ways. "I had prior experience running my own business but not in logistics", said Abimbola, who participated in a media event Wednesday in Seattle and whose statements were included in Amazon's announcement of the project.

Walmart plans to expand same-day grocery delivery to more than 40 per cent of USA households, or 100 metro areas by year's end.

"We are actively looking for entrepreneurs in Boston", Amazon spokesman Udit Madan said.

In other words, Amazon just launched its own UPS competitor of sorts, by offering leased vans, training and resources to those who want to drive for Amazon instead of Uber.

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