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SEATTLE – Amazon has more than 100 warehouses. It has a fleet of trucks and even its own planes. Now, in another effort to get his millions of packages to buyers faster, it also wants to build up an army of delivery people.
The company's new program wants to help people set up their own business – delivering packages for Amazon. 19659016] For a minimum deposit of $ 10,000, US citizens can open and manage their own delivery service with Amazon bundles. Although the couriers will not be employees, they will get access to vehicles, uniforms and more from Amazon.
According to the company's calculations, an owner could earn up to $ 300,000 a year by holding a fleet of up to 40 vehicles.
The program is one potential solution to a growing problem that Amazon is seeing with an ever-increasing number of packages for customers across the country: how to quickly get packages to people's doorsteps from their various parcel sorting centers.
But the startup service will certainly raise questions as to whether it could challenge some of the work of Amazon partners, including United Parcel Service and the US Postal Service.
Amazon business relations with the post office The service has been heavily investigated in recent months. President Trump has argued on Twitter that Amazon's postal deal, which sets the amount the agency's Amazon pays, costs the taxpayer billions of dollars.
"I'm right that Amazon cost the post huge amounts of money for their delivery boy," Trump tweeted in April.
While the details behind the agreement are not public, the available evidence points to the opposite: Amazon's deal was a boon to the post office. Some current and former White House officials have said that Trump sometimes associates Amazon with the Washington Post, which has aggressively covered his government. The post belongs to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
In mid-April, Trump suddenly issued an order requiring an evaluation of the postal service's finances. The order did not mention Amazon, but it was clear that he would like to corroborate the Panel's claims that the financial arrangement with Amazon, its largest parcel shipper, is a loser.
Amazon executives had every link between Trump's new delivery program and tweets.
"That does not matter at all in this debate," said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president, Worldwide Operations, Wednesday afternoon at Admiral's House, a historic landmark overlooking Elliott Bay in Seattle.
Clark said his job was to think about Amazon's needs five to fifteen years later, and that the new delivery program would meet growth and capacity needs. He added that Amazon would continue to use all its partners, including the post office, to get packages to its customers.
Amazon is testing a number of programs that could replace or reduce its dependency on its supply partners. This year, for example, a service is to be tested in which company couriers pick up products from companies that sell goods via Amazon and deliver these goods to their warehouses. Currently this work is being done by UPS, FedEx and other companies.
The new program is also separate from Amazon Flex, which pays people $ 18 to $ 25 an hour to deliver packages from their own vehicles.
Under the program, individuals will not be employees or even independent contractors of Amazon, but rather owners of their company who have signed contracts with Amazon to deliver packages. Amazon said its vehicles could only be used to deliver packages from the company, not its competitors.
The program will begin in more than two dozen states, many along the coast. But corporate executives encouraged interested people to sign up, even if their city or region was not listed, as Amazon expects the program to grow.
Amazon hoped over the next 12 to 18 months that hundreds of people signed up for their delivery service partners. If the service were successful, it would most likely be extended to other countries, Clark said.
And to attract military veterans, Amazon offers $ 10,000 reimbursements for qualified candidates to start their own business.
All those who are included in the startup program will have access to a number of discounts that Amazon has negotiated for them, including the Amazon brand vehicles as well as fuel, insurance coverage and more, executives said.
One of Amazon test takers In his new offer, Olaoluwa Abimbola, he said that after he arrived from Nigeria, he worked for years on a desk job and lately drove for Amazon Flex. Well, he said, he was excited to run his own company, which has 40 full-time and part-time employees.
"That means the world to me," Abimbola said in front of a gray Amazon Prime truck behind the Admiral's house. "This opportunity gives my family a future, my daughters, I live my dream and have the best time of my life."
Julie Creswell is a New York Times author.