Amazon Wants Employees to Start Delivery Businesses

Amazon has expanded its Delivery Service Partner program in the U.S, trying to get former employees to start their own delivery businesses so they can reduce Prime shipping time. They’ve agreed to fund startup costs with up to $10,000 plus three months of the former employees’ gross salaries. These new business owners will have consistent deliveries from Amazon, access to Amazon’s delivery technology, training, and discounts on “assets and services, including Amazon-branded vans customized for delivery, branded uniforms and comprehensive insurance,” according to a recent press release from Amazon.

Amazon: Good for Small Businesses?

Tens of thousands of individuals, including Amazon employees, have express interest in the Delivery Service Partner program, but the financial aspect held them back, according to Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. Clark says,

“We’ve heard from associates that they want to participate in the program but struggled with the transition. Now we have a path for those associates with an appetite for opportunities to own their own businesses.”

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Amazon Delivery Service Partner Program

Since the inception of the Delivery Service Partner Program in June, over 200 small businesses have been created with thousands of drivers employed. Amazon seeks to add hundreds of new small businesses, not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom and Spain.

Amazon Key

A significant advantage of Amazon’s popular and market dominance is its fast delivery, which Amazon has tried to improve upon consistently. In October of 2017, Amazon announced Amazon Key, a program for Prime members that allowed delivery workers to open up customers’ front doors, placing packages inside their homes. The program requires the Amazon Key In-Home Kit, a $250 bundle that includes an Amazon Cloud Cam along with a Kwikset or Yale smart lock. The program was initially rolled out to 37 cities in the U.S, with more cities “rolling out over time”.

Later, the program expanded to Amazon Key In-Car, allowing for in-car deliveries. Like the original Amazon Key program, the Key In-Car program was rolled out to 37 U.S cities at first. It isn’t clear how the Delivery Service Partner program will impact the Key program or the Key In-Car program, but customers would no doubt appreciate an increase in delivery speed.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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