Amazon offers Employees $10,000 to Quit their Jobs & Start Package Delivery Business

Amazon to employees We’ll pay you to quit and haul packages

However, Whole Foods employees are not eligible to participate in the program. The new initiative from Amazon is part of its Delivery Service Partner program.

The retail giant will offer United Kingdom fulfillment centre employees a grant equivalent to three months salary, around £5,000 for a full-time worker earning Amazon's £9.50 per hour wage outside of London, to turn self-employed and run their own delivery business.

As part of the extended program, which the company hopes will speed up delivery times, Amazon employees will leave their jobs to start their businesses.

The program was announced just two weeks after Amazon announced it would end its standard two-day shipping for Prime members, in order to lower it to next-day shipping. Last year, it began allowing people to "apply to launch an independent Amazon delivery business and provided $10,000 in reimbursements to military veterans", the AP reported. The delivery service owners will also receive discounts on Amazon-branded vans and uniforms along with comprehensive insurance.

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CBS MoneyWatch contributor Kathy Kristof cautioned a year ago that would-be delivery moguls "may want to think twice before you accept it". "It would be interesting to see what your pay would work out to on an hourly basis". The process would likely take some time as Amazon tries to ideal the technology and make sure it's capable of operating smoothly, according to Reuters. "Customer demand is higher than ever and we have a need to build more delivery capacity". "There is a shortage of commercial drivers, which means they can command better terms and better conditions than any time in recent memory", he said.

Although Amazon said tens of thousands of employees expressed interest in the program, the company acknowledged Monday many of its workers couldn't afford the start-up money they needed to get the businesses off the ground. He started the business in Atlanta, Georgia about eight months ago. Since then, it has grown to 120 employees with a fleet of 50 vans that can handle up to 200 delivery stops in a day.

"We're ready", Collier said.

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