Category: prime

May 13, 2019 Off

Amazon offers employees $10K and 3 months’ pay to start their own delivery businesses

By Jill T Frey

Following news of Amazon’s plans to reduce Prime shipping down to one day, the company this morning announced an expansion of its Delivery Service Partner program, which now includes a new incentive that encourages existing Amazon employees to start their own package delivery company. The partner program, first announced last year, includes access to Amazon’s delivery technology, hands-on training and a suite of other discounts for assets and services like vehicle leasing and insurance. For employees, it now includes a $10,000 incentive, too.

The retailer says it will fund startup costs up to $10,000, as well as the equivalent of three months of the former employee’s last gross salary, to give the employees the ability to get their new business off the ground without worrying about a break in pay.

Amazon said last year that people were able to start their own delivery business with only $10,000. … Read the rest

April 26, 2019 Off

Amazon is pushing for one-day Prime shipping

By Jill T Frey

Yesterday Amazon managed to beat Wall Street’s already optimistic expectations with another record quarterly revenue report. In amongst its victory laps, the company announced intentions to shift its free two-day Prime shipping to one day.

The move has been a Holy Grail for the company, which has already pushed parcel services and its own fulfillment centers to their seeming limits with the promise of a two-day turn around. While some one-day and even two-day options do exist on certain offerings (and in other locales like France, Germany, the Netherlands), an across-the-board push to one-day delivery in the States is a massive undertaking.

Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky notably hedged his bets a bit with his language. Amazon isn’t committing to a time frame, instead the exec stated that the e-commerce giant is “currently working on evolving” the program. That statement alone was enough to ruffle Wall Street, hitting chief competition Target … Read the rest