To our American audience, you can apply to start your very own small business, delivering Amazon Prime packages in Amazon branded vans and uniforms. If you have $10,000 then this deal for you.
The company wants to help launch small businesses in the United States dedicated to taking its packages on the last step of their journey: from local Amazon sorting centers to the customers who ordered them.
It’s the latest attempt by the giant online retail store to gain greater control of the delivery network at the core of its Prime business, which ships 5 billion packages a year globally.
Amazon’s new “Delivery Service Partners” and their staff members won’t be employed by the tech company. The initial $10,000 costs will go to helping them start an independent business that has to include at least four delivery vans.
Amazon has negotiated discounts for approved entrepreneurs, including lower rates on insurance, fuel and leases for Amazon branded vans that have been customized inside for package delivery. It’s also setting aside $1 million to specifically recruit and help military veterans become partners.
The business owners will be able to make as much as $300,000 a year in profit running a full-sized fleet of 40 vans and managing 100 employees, according to Amazon. They’ll be plugged into Amazon’s software, which will determine where the drivers go.
Drivers will be full-time workers instead of contractors, and Amazon will require business owners to give them paid time off and other benefits.
You choose the pace at which you want to grow, and you get an opportunity to be a business leader in your community,” Dave Clark, the senior vice president of Amazon’s worldwide operations said.