Amazon To Employees: We’ll Pay You To Quit And Haul Packages

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Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we'll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages.

If a worker decides to participate, they will leave their current role at Amazon and receive help from the company to start their small business.

"Since the launch of the Delivery Service Partner program in June 2018, 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", Amazon said in Monday's statement.

More than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since the program was launched, according to Amazon's vice president of global delivery services, John Felton.

Since a year ago, some 200 people have begun Amazon delivery start-ups, and the company said it expects "hundreds" more with the added incentives, available in the United States, Britain and Spain.

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Once accepted, Amazon says it will pay the former employees what amounts to three months of their former wages.

The program is reportedly open to a variety of Amazon employees including warehouse workers. Whole Foods employees are not eligible to receive the new incentives.

The effort is part of Amazon to gain more control of its vast logistical network that includes its own employees, contractors and outside services that deliver its parcels.

The move is a way for Amazon is to control more of its deliveries, rather than relying on the US postal service or other carriers such as UPS. They also will have access to Amazon-branded vans customized for delivery, branded uniforms and comprehensive insurance.

One of them is run by Milton Collier, a freight broker who started his business in Atlanta about eight months ago. We can only imagine what a fleet of 40 vans delivering parcels all day means for Amazon's profits. "This year, the company plans to add hundreds of more new businesses, starting with employees-turned-business-owners". It has already been preparing for the one-day shipping switch by hiring more people.

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