New York – Amazon wants you

The online retailer launched a new program this week to help people in the US to start their own business with the delivery of Amazon packages. The move gives Amazon another way to ship its packages to shoppers, relying on UPS, FedEx and other parcel delivery services.

Amazon.com Inc. says the startup costs start at $ 10,000 and the companies created under the program have 20 to 40 vans and employ between 40 and 100 people.

Here's what else you should know:

WHO IT'S FOR

Amazon says that those with little or no logistics experience can apply. Even existing parcel service providers can register. If they are approved to join the program, these companies can continue to deliver packages to other companies.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Interested parties must first apply on their website logistic.amazon.com. The company will examine applicants and find out if they 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 spend time on an existing delivery service.

WHAT AMAZON OFFERS

Amazon says it will offer support to companies, including rebates on insurance. Technology and other services. Amazon vans will be available for leasing and drivers can purchase Amazon-branded uniforms. 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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