Amazon wants you to deliver your packages to them.
The online retailer launched a new program this week that helps people in the United States start their own businesses by delivering Amazon packages. The measure gives Amazon another way to send its packages to buyers, instead of relying on UPS, FedEx and other package delivery services.
Amazon.com Inc. says the costs to start a delivery business start at $ 10,000, and those created under the program would operate from 20 to 40 vans and employ between 40 and 100 people.
Here's more you should know:
FOR WHOM IT IS
Amazon says that those with little or no experience in logistics can apply. Those who already have a package delivery business can register as well. If approved to join the program, Amazon says those companies can continue to deliver packages to other companies.
HOW IT WORKS
Interested parties must first submit an application on their website, logitstics.amazon.com. The company will examine the applicants and find out if you are suitable. There are also three weeks of training, including a trip to the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, which will be paid as part of the initial costs. In training, Amazon says they will learn about their shipping operations and spend time in the field with an existing delivery provider.
WHAT AMAZON PROVIDES
Amazon says it will offer support to business owners and those who want to start a delivery business, including discounts on insurance, technology and other services. Those who are accepted into the program will also be able to lease Amazon brand vans and buy Amazon brand uniforms for drivers to use. But keep in mind that these vans can only be used to deliver Amazon packages.
WHAT TO KNOW
The new business would be responsible for hiring staff, and Amazon would be the customer, paying the deliveries.
WHERE SHOULD I LOCATE?
Amazon says there are opportunities available near its 75 delivery stations across the country. A map is available at logistics.amazon.com/marketing/getting-started.
WILL MY EXISTING DELIVERY COMPANY START UP?
Probably not. There are more packages to deliver in addition to those sent by Amazon. And Amazon says it will continue to use other delivery companies, and that this program is just another way to meet the growing number of packages it needs to ship.
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