Amazon is aiming to help employees launch their own delivery companies. This follows last summer’s rollout of the company’s Delivery Service Partner initiative offering delivery vehicles at competitive rates, as well as fuel options and support for tax and payroll services for small fleets.
The company is now adding financial back-up to the mix to help with start-up costs, totalling as much as $10,000 plus three months of an employee’s salary.
“We received overwhelming interest from tens of thousands of individuals who applied to be part of the Delivery Service Partner programme, including many employees,” the company says. “We’ve heard from associates that they want to participate in the programme but struggled with the transition. Now we have a path for those associates with an appetite for opportunities to own their own businesses.”
Since the launch of the Delivery Service Partner programme, Amazon says it has supported the creation of more than 200 new small businesses.