Amazon wants you to deliver its packages for you.
The online retailer launched a new program this week to help people in the US start their own businesses by delivering Amazon bundles. The move gives Amazon another way to ship its packages to buyers instead of relying on UPS, FedEx and other parcel delivery services.
Amazon.com Inc. says that the cost of starting a delivery business starts at 10,000 and that under The program would operate 20 to 40 vans and employ between 40 and 100 people.
Here's what else you should know:
WHO IT'S FOR
Amazon says those with little or no logistics experience can apply. Those who already have a parcel delivery business can also register. If they are approved to join the program, these companies can continue to deliver packages to other companies.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Those interested must first apply to logitstics.amazon.com. The company will examine applicants and find out if they are the right fit. There are also three weeks of training, including a trip to Amazon's Seattle headquarters, which you pay as part of startup costs. At the training, Amazon says you'll learn about its shipping operations and stay with an existing on-site delivery service.
WHAT AMAZON HAS PRESENTED
Amazon says it offers support to business owners and those who want to start a business, including discounts on insurance, technology and other services. Those who are accepted for the program can also lease vans from Amazon brand and buy uniforms worn by the Amazon brands for drivers. But remember, these vans can only be used to deliver Amazon packages.
WHAT TO KNOW
The new company would be responsible for hiring staff, and Amazon would be the customer who paid for the supplies.
Where do I have to sit?
Amazon says there are opportunities near its 75 delivery points across the country. A map is available at logistics.amazon.com./marketing/getting-started.
IS THIS PUT EXCLUDED FROM MY EXISTING SUPPLY COMPANY?
Probably not. In addition to the packages delivered by Amazon, additional packages are to be delivered. And Amazon says it will continue to use other suppliers, and that this program is just another way to meet the growing volume of packages it needs to ship.
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