It’s been known for a long time that Amazon Logistics contracts local private couriers to perform last mile deliveries for marketplace, including supplying the tech in the form of handheld devices to ensure tracking is uploaded and delivery location images and signatures are captured. Now Amazon have announced a drive in the US to recruit hundreds of new entrepreneurs to start businesses delivering Amazon packages in a new Amazon Delivery Service Partner program.
Amazon will take an active role in helping interested entrepreneurs start, set up and manage their own delivery business. The say that successful owners can earn as much as $300,000 in annual profit operating a fleet of up to 40 delivery vehicles. The aim is to recruit hundreds of new, small business owners to hire tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the US.
Amazon’s proposition is that individual owners can build their business knowing they will have delivery volume from Amazon, access to the company’s sophisticated delivery technology, hands-on training, and discounts on a suite of assets and services, including vehicle leases and comprehensive insurance.
The offering provides technology and operational support to individuals with little to no logistics experience the opportunity to run their own delivery business. To help keep startup costs as low as $10,000, entrepreneurs will also have access to a variety of exclusively negotiated discounts on important resources they’ll need to operate a delivery business. The deals are available on Amazon-branded vehicles customized for delivery, branded uniforms, fuel, comprehensive insurance coverage, and more.
“We have great partners in our traditional carriers and it’s exciting to continue to see the logistics industry grow. Customer demand is higher than ever and we have a need to build more capacity. As we evaluated how to support our growth, we went back to our roots to share the opportunity with small-and-medium-sized businesses. We are going to empower new, small businesses to form in order to take advantage of the growing opportunity in e-commerce package delivery.”
– Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations