Delivery Service Partners, a program Amazon launched previous year to provide funding to entrepreneurs looking to start parcel delivery businesses, is now open for current Amazon employees, Amazon announced today.
The retail giant is trying to find new ways to add to its delivery network as it seeks to speed packages in parts of the United Kingdom to as little as one hour through its Prime delivery service.
Amazon announced a new initiative for employees that would allow them to start their own package delivery companies.
In order for an employee to participate in the program, they will have to leave their current position at Amazon.
The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including those working in warehouses and other places where products are stored. The new incentive will provide a way for "associates with an appetite for opportunities to own their own businesses". Whole Foods employees are not eligible to receive the new incentives.
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Amazon is reportedly paying staff US$10,000 and three months salary to start their own Prime package delivery business, as the e-commerce behemoth grapples with a major driver shortage.
According to Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, many Amazon employees have expressed interest in being business owners but were deterred by the financial uncertainties surrounding the shift to self-employment status.
"When you go through all of the trouble of setting up a business, usually it will be in the later years when you've gotten established, you've got your employees, you've got your business, that you start really reaping the rewards of growing it, and maybe ultimately selling it", Kagan said. Amazon said it expects to add hundreds more of these businesses this year. It doesn't cover the cost of Amazon-branded vans, which program participants can lease through a third-party fleet management company. "That desirable outcome is clearly enhanced by Amazon vertically integrating into package delivery".
Collier says his business is already preparing for the one-day shipping goal by looking for more workers.