Amazon offers $10k to employees to seed delivery businesses

Amazon employees have been offered $10,000 + 3 months’ salary to set up a small business that owns and operates a package delivery company.

The investment in its staff comes as part of the Amazon Delivery Service Partner Programme. Those taking up the offer would do so with a consistent delivery volume from Amazon, access to the company’s sophisticated delivery technology, hands-on training, and discounts on a suite of assets and services, including Amazon-branded vans customised for delivery, branded uniforms and comprehensive insurance.

According to the company, the programme that has also been expanded to the UK and Spain has created 200 small business with hundreds more planned in 2019.

According to Amazon’s projections, start-up costs can be as low as $10,000. An owner operating 20-40 vans could expect revenue in the range $1m to $4.5m, and profit of $75,000 t0 $300,000.

Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations, said:  “We’ve heard from associates that they want to participate in the programme 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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