Amazon seeks entrepreneurs for delivery service

Posted July 02, 2018

The company envisions hundreds of owners operating fleets of 20 to 40 vehicles and eventually having "tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the U.S.", Amazon trumpeted in its press release.

Your Amazon packages, which usually show up in a UPS truck, an unmarked vehicle or in the hands of a mail carrier, may soon be delivered from an Amazon van.

"In just five months, I have hired more than 40 employees, and it's encouraging to know that any driven individual can use Amazon's support and the Delivery Service Partner community to build a successful, thriving business". "We expected Amazon would look to take further control of their last-mile delivery, a move that is likely welcomed by FedEx and UPS to some extent given the margin impact to the business".

Amazon.com, which past year shipped more than 5 billion packages through its Prime program, is asking small business-owners to help deliver its goods. They'll be able to lease blue vans with the Amazon logo stamped on it, buy Amazon uniforms for drivers and get support from Amazon to grow their business.

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.

Probably not. There are more packages to be delivered besides the ones shipped by Amazon.

Amazon is also offering qualifying military veterans $10,000 in reimbursements to get their own delivery business started. "This is really about meeting growth for our future", Clark said.

"I had prior experience running my own business but not in logistics", said Olaoluwa Abimbola, one of Amazon's beta participants in the new offering. According to an eMarketer forecast, over 40 percent of all e-commerce purchases this year will be made on Amazon. The creation of Marketplace, which uses Amazon's websites and logistics operations to connect customers with third-party sellers, has enabled more than 140,000 small-and-medium-sized businesses to do more than $100,000 in sales. The entrepreneur will be responsible for hiring delivery people, and Amazon would be the customer, paying the business to pick up packages from its 75 delivery centers around the country and delivering them to shopper's doorsteps.