- 13 August 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
Across the US, Canada, UK, Spain and Germany the Amazon Delivery Service Partner (DSP) programme has created nearly 85,000 jobs in what the company says has been ‘remarkable growth’.
A notice posted on the ‘About Amazon’ blog on Friday (7 August) said the programme has “empowered aspiring entrepreneurs to build their own last mile delivery companies” from the ground up with the support infrastructure, technology, and a suite of exclusive services, creating thriving small businesses and a safe and motivating environment for their teams”.
In expanding its online retail delivery options, the programme has been very good for the company itself.
The Amazon blog highlighted the “breadth of diversity” in the programme “and now this is something that Amazon says it wants to extend further with a ”new diversity grant to help reduce the barriers to entry for Black, Latinx, and Native American entrepreneurs”.
The blog posted described the grant as “a $1 million commitment toward funding startup costs, offering $10,000 for each qualified candidate to build their own businesses in the US”.
“We are committed to opening up more opportunities for underrepresented minorities to realise their dreams. For many, this includes owning their own business, and we are proud to help make that happen,” said Udit Madan, Amazon’s vice president of Last Mile Logistics.
“The DSP programme empowers hands-on leaders with a bias for action, ownership, and deep customer obsession to build their own business and grow with the rising tide of e-commerce, while helping us supplement capacity to speed up deliveries for customers. We are incredibly proud of our partners and are excited to continue to see this program grow.”