Amazon looks to make employees a driver offer they can’t refuse

Amazon employees interested in setting up their own package delivery businesses may receive up to $10,000 from the e-commerce giant

Amazon to employees: We'll pay you to quit and haul packages

Amazon said on Monday that it would pay the equivalent of three months of their most recent gross salaries - as much as $10,000 - if employees want to leave the company and form a new U.S. delivery start-up.

Amazon also established the Delivery Service Partners initiative a year ago, allowing independent business owners to put the Amazon Prime logo on delivery vans even if they continue working with FedEx and UPS.

According to Amazon, current employees may receive up to $10, 000 to fund startup costs as well as the equivalent of three months of their last gross salary to turn into a package delivery entrepreneur.

Amazon created the Delivery Service Partner program a year ago, and it has reportedly resulted in the creation of more than 200 small businesses since its inception. Amazon is offering a complete package which it calls the Amazon Delivery Service Partner program. Last month, Amazon said it's working on turning its Prime two-day shipping program into one-day shipping, which should add pressure on the company to build up more of its shipping infrastructure.

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Thomson declined comment on the specifics of Amazon's announcement, but said it was well-timed if the company wants to reach out to individuals who drive for Uber Technologies Inc. or Lyft Inc. and who are upset about the way they are treated and how much they are being paid per ride.

The program is reportedly open to a variety of Amazon employees including warehouse workers. Whole Foods employees, however, are not eligible. The new initiative from Amazon is part of its Delivery Service Partner program.

The expansion is part of the company's plan to gain more control over its deliveries rather than rely on UPS, the post office and other carriers. They also will have access to Amazon-branded vans customized for delivery, branded uniforms and comprehensive insurance. The process would likely take some time as Amazon tries to flawless the technology and make sure it's capable of operating smoothly, according to Reuters. We can only imagine what a fleet of 40 vans delivering parcels all day means for Amazon's profits.

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