Across the many thousands of small businesses who reach new customers selling on the Amazon website, to authors who self-publish their work reaching readers and new audiences, we have a long history of partnering with entrepreneurs and growing together.
Now, as customer demand continues to rise, Amazon is creating a new class of entrepreneurs – small businesses delivering Amazon packages. First up, we are giving UK employees who have always dreamt of starting their own business, the chance to do just that – delivering Amazon packages.
Our new offering will cover the start-up costs for its UK employees who want to build their own delivery companies. We will also provide financial support through a business grant, which covers three months of an associate’s current gross salary so employees-turned-business-owners can more easily get their package delivery companies off the ground. These owners can then build their business knowing they will have consistent package 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 vehicles customised for delivery, branded uniforms and comprehensive insurance.
Successful delivery service partners can earn between £50,000 to £150,000 in annual profits operating a fleet of 20 to 40 delivery vehicles.
The new Delivery Service Partner program is our latest initiative to partner with entrepreneurs in the UK logistics space. Since 2011, we have worked alongside dozens of small, local and regional UK delivery companies who have grown their businesses by providing Amazon customers with fast, reliable package delivery. As customer demand continues to grow, this program will enable us to build more capacity by empowering new, small businesses to form in order to take advantage of the growing opportunity in e-commerce package delivery.
This program is the latest example of an Amazon initiative aimed at encouraging employees to develop and advance their careers. Across the UK, more than 2,000 people have already taken part in our Career Choice programme where we pre-pay up to 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, up to £8,000 over four years, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
“We have long innovated on unique programs and services that empower employees to pursue their career aspirations, and we’ve had a great response to programs such as Career Choice that enable employees to take that next step in the career of their choice,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “We are excited to launch an initiative to help make the dreams of employees who have always wanted to run their own business come true. Customer demand is higher than ever and we have a need to build more delivery capacity. We believe Amazonians that have a history of thinking big and delivering results will build engaged teams to provide a great delivery experience for customers.”
Over time, we expect to transition dozens of current UK employees to delivery service partners. Once each new delivery company is established, those businesses are expected to create dozens of work opportunities for delivery drivers across the UK. These new delivery service providers will join the robust community of traditional carriers, as well as small-and-medium-sized businesses who already are engaging thousands of drivers delivering Amazon packages today.
Learn more here.