Amazon offers Employees $10,000 to Quit their Jobs & Start Package Delivery Business

Amazon offers Employees $10,000 to Quit their Jobs & Start Package Delivery Business

Amazon is working to increase delivery speeds and will now offer employees up to $10,000 in startup costs who quit their jobs and start their own business helping the company deliver packages.

Amazon did not say how many employees it expects to accept the new incentive program.

The Associated Press reported that Amazon made the announcement Monday as the company is looking into how it can offer one-day delivery for Prime members, down from the current delivery time of two days. However, Whole Foods employees are not eligible to participate in the program.

Amazon's website offers everything from jewelry and electronics to health and beauty care products. Amazon said it plans to add "hundreds more" new businesses in 2019, and has expanded the partnership offering to the United Kingdom and Spain. It is part of the company's plan to control more of its deliveries on its own, rather than rely on UPS, the post office and other carriers.

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Kristof, who founded the SideHusl.com website for freelance economy workers, wrote in CBS MoneyWatch in June 2018 that "the kind of money Amazon is talking about requires an extraordinary amount of work". Amazon prepays up to 95 percent of their tuition for in-demand fields regardless of whether the employee's new career is relevant to Amazon's interests.

President Donald Trump has accused the company of taking advantage of the US Postal Service by using bulk rates for packages, although many analysts argue that the struggling public corporation benefits from the revenue from the e-commerce giant. "There is a shortage of commercial drivers, which means they can command better terms and better conditions than any time in recent memory", he said. Amazon is offering a complete package which it calls the Amazon Delivery Service Partner program.

James Thomson, who spent years in high-level positions at Amazon and today runs a consultancy that helps businesses navigate the Amazon ecosystem, said the move underscores the company's "immediate and large-scale" need to recruit drivers and to maximize their use once they are in the fold. We can only imagine what a fleet of 40 vans delivering parcels all day means for Amazon's profits. Collier told the AP he was hiring more people to prepare for the one-day shipping goal, saying his company is "ready".

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