Amazon offers $10k to employees to quit their job and start a delivery business

Amazon is offering its employees $10,000 and three months wages to quite their job and start up their own delivery companies.

In an unprecedented move, Amazon has upped the anti on its efforts to encourage its staff to set up their own delivery operations and start delivering its packages, hoping to alleviate some of the pressure on its delivery network after promising to half Prime delivery times across the US last month.

This follows an announcement back in June 2018, that Amazon would allow its employees to apply to start their own small delivery businesses, providing them with Amazon-branded vans and uniforms to delivery Prime packages.

“We received overwhelming interest from tens of thousands of individuals who applied to be part of the Delivery Service Partner program, including many employees,” Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations Dave Clark said.

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“We’ve heard from associates that they want to participate in the program but struggled with the transition.”

In light of this, Amazon has now added a significant cash incentive for its employees, offering $10,000 in start-up money as well as three months of their current wages, hoping to make the transition as comfortable as possible.

The company said in a statement yesterday that since it launched its delivery service partner programme in June “Amazon has enabled the creation of more than 200 new small businesses that have hired thousands of local drivers to deliver packages to Amazon customers.

This year, the company plans to add hundreds more new businesses, starting with employees-turned-business-owners. Additionally, this program offering has expanded to employees in the UK and Spain.”

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