Amazon Invites Entrepreneurs To Start Their Own Businesses Delivering Its Packages

Posted On: 7/2/2018

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SEATTLE -- Amazon has launched a new service that helps entrepreneurs build their own companies delivering Amazon packages. Amazon will take an active role in helping them start, set up and manage their own delivery businesses.
 
Entrepreneurs have access to Amazon’s delivery technology, hands-on training and discounts on assets and services, including vehicle leases and insurance. Over time, Amazon said it will empower hundreds of new, small business owners to hire tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the U.S., joining its traditional carriers, as well as small-and-medium-sized businesses that already employ thousands of drivers delivering Amazon packages.
 
According to the online retail giant, owners can earn as much as $300,000 in annual profit operating a fleet of up to 40 delivery vehicles.
 
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 and insurance.
 
Additionally, Amazon is committing $1 million towards funding startup costs for military veterans, offering $10,000 reimbursements for qualified candidates to build their own businesses.
 
“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,” said Amazon senior vice-president of worldwide operations Dave Clark. “We are going to empower new, small businesses to form in order to take advantage of the growing opportunity in e-commerce package delivery.”
 
Amazon’s earlier creation of Marketplace, which uses its websites and logistics operations to connect customers with third-party sellers, has reportedly enabled more than 140,000 small-and-medium-sized businesses to do more than $100,000 in sales. Today, more than half of all the items sold on Amazon.com come from third-party sellers. Amazon has also developed technology, devices and services, such as Kindle Direct Publishing and Amazon Web Services, that benefit authors and developers who operate as small businesses.