Amazon Delivery Service Partner program wants you to start shipping

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				Dave Clark Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations and an Amazon delivery van.			Reuters

The company wants to help launch small businesses in the United States dedicated to taking its packages on the last step of their journey: from local Amazon sorting centers to the customers who ordered them. "If you're accepted into the Amazon program, you have your customer on day one with no customer acquisition cost and you're going to have all the business you could possibly want", said Cossler. The company says the program is set up so successful delivery partners can make up to $300,000 in annual profit. Entry costs for Delivery Service Partners start at $10,000 - an initialexpense Amazon will reimburse to qualifiedmilitary veterans from a specifically allocated $1 million fund.

Over time, Amazon plans to empower hundreds of new, small business owners to hire tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the U.S.

The business owners - who don't need logistics experience, Amazon notes - will be offered discounts on the customized delivery vans, branded uniforms, fuel, comprehensive insurance coverage, and more - deals the retailer pre-negotiated on their behalf.

The contractor will be responsible for hiring delivery people, and Amazon would be the customer, paying the business to pick up packages from its 75 US delivery centers and dropping them off at shoppers' doorsteps. "As we evaluated how to support our growth, we went back to our roots to share the opportunity with small-and-medium-sized businesses".

Amazon has employed independent contractors in the past to handle packages, especially during busy holiday shopping periods. It never specified if it would be paying the firms on a per delivery, mile driven, or per month basis. Now, they said, their delivery service employs more than 75 workers. Amazon has taken the wraps off a delivery program that will bring the added benefit or providing opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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Amazon announced Thursday a new initiative to expand its delivery network, in an attempt to diversify its dependency on the nation's postal service which President Donald Trump has criticized.

Earlier this year, President Trump tweeted that Amazon's deal with the USPS was costing the US money for being Amazon's "delivery boy".

While Amazon won't disclose the financials behind the new program, Clark says it's "much more about customer experience and meeting overall growth".

Olaoluwa Abimbola, who was part of Amazon's test of the program, said that the amount of packages Amazon needs delivered keeps his business busy.

These are some of the many messages that dropped in my inbox this morning as readers showed early interest in Amazon's announcement on Wednesday of its new "Delivery Service Partners" program.

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