Amazon to pay employees to quit and start their own delivery businesses

A worker boxes up some clothing ready for shipping at Amazon's fulfillment centre in Swansea in the run up to Black Friday

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

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

Amazon did not say how many employees it expects to accept the new incentive program.

The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including those working in warehouses and other places where products are stored.

Amazon created the Delivery Service Partner program a year ago, and it has reportedly resulted in the creation of more than 200 small businesses since its inception. "We are excited to launch an initiative to help make the dreams of employees who have always wanted to run their own business come true".

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.

Amazon.com, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMZN) need for personnel to staff its package delivery network is so acute that it is looking inside its four walls to recruit them.

"The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years, which scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelopes them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item, two people who worked on the project told Reuters", the media outlet reported.

Under another program, called "Flex", drivers contract their services directly through Amazon.

John Felton is Amazon's vice president of global delivery services.

Amazon is now working with FedEx and UPS to diversify delivery options, complementing its internal "Delivery Service Partners" initiative.

Launched in June 2018, the partner program has helped 200 start-ups recruit thousands of Amazon's drivers, the company said.

Amazon claims thousands of employees had expressed interest in the program in the past, however, did not have sufficient seed money to get the business off the ground. Across the United States, more than 12,000 people have already taken part in Amazon's Career Choice program where Amazon pre-pays up to 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, up to $12,000, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

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