Amazon's proposition to employees: Quit and we'll pay you to haul packages

Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs

With the goal of shortening its two-day shipping guarantee for Prime members down to just one day, Amazon is now offering its employees money to quit their jobs and start up their own package delivery businesses.

The company said it now plans to fund startup costs, up to $10,000, as well as supplement three months of the former employee's last gross salary to get the delivery business of the ground. He said that more than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since the company launched the program in June of 2018. The company needs more delivery capacity to make this happen, and that's where an expanded DSP program could help, in addition to continuing to work with UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service.

Since past year, some 200 people have begun Amazon delivery startups, and the company said it expects "hundreds" more with the added incentives, available in the US, Britain and Spain.

"We've heard from associates that they want to participate in the program 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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The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders. Participants are also allowed access to Amazon's deliver technology, hands-on training, and discounts on helpful products and services including Amazon-branded delivery trucks. Some employees will likely gravitate to the program if they were already interested in starting their own business or if they feel stuck in the daily grind of working in Amazon warehouses.

Amazon.com, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMZN) need for personnel to staff its package delivery network is so acute that it is looking inside its four walls to recruit them. Whole Foods employees, however, are not eligible.

Under a previously announced feature of the DSP program, Amazon pledged $1 million to reimburse up to $10,000 in startup costs for qualified US military veterans. Amazon said it plans to add "hundreds more" new businesses in 2019, and has expanded the partnership offering to the United Kingdom and Spain. The drivers are typically on the employee's payroll, and the employee is responsible for matching blocks of work for drivers with Amazon's seemingly insatiable demand for delivery services.

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