Amazon to employees: We'll pay you to quit and haul packages

Lloyd Doyle
May 14, 2019

Amazon has been trying to gear up an independent delivery service to handle packages now going to companies such as UPS and FedEx as well as the Postal Service.

As the race to deliver online goods heats up, Amazon is encouraging its employees to quit and launch their own businesses delivering goods for the online giant - and it's even providing some funding. Whole Foods employees are not eligible to receive the new incentives.

Amazon said it will cover up to $10,000 in startup costs for employees who are accepted into the program and leave their jobs.

An Amazon statement said the latest incentive would also include three months of wages for employees who want to start their own delivery enterprise, and that they would be assured "consistent delivery volume" from the company. Contractors that participate are able to lease blue vans with the Amazon smile logo stamped on the side.

The move is a way for Amazon is to control more of its deliveries, rather than relying on the US postal service or other carriers such as UPS. Participants are also allowed access to Amazon's deliver technology, hands-on training, and discounts on helpful products and services including Amazon-branded delivery trucks.

CBS MoneyWatch contributor Kathy Kristof cautioned previous year that would-be delivery moguls "may want to think twice before you accept it". Those carriers have thousands of trucks and hundreds of planes to get packages where they need to go. The process would likely take some time as Amazon tries to flawless the technology and make sure it's capable of operating smoothly, according to Reuters. "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.

More than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since the program was launched, according to Amazon's vice president of global delivery services, John Felton.

The AP spoke to Milton Collier, who opened one such business in Atlanta, GA, eight months ago.

Collier says his business is already preparing for the one-day shipping goal by looking for more workers.

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