Amazon posted on Twitter today that it's looking for drivers to deliver packages for its Amazon Flex service - "Be your own boss. Deliver for @amazon," it tweeted, with a link to the Amazon Flex career page
Amazon Flex is a "crowdsourced delivery platform" (think Uber or TaskRabbit) where everyday people can sign up to become a delivery driver for Amazon. For between $18 - $25 an hour, drivers can deliver when they want, as much as they want.
For now, Flex drivers will deliver "ultra-fast Amazon Prime Now packages" in Seattle. But the company is expanding the service geographically (Manhattan, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Portland).
In the future, Amazon will expand the service to other type of deliveries - "you may deliver other types of Amazon packages as well," it states on the recruitment page.
Amazon explains, "Armed with nothing more than the Amazon Flex mobile app, and using their car, an individual can go from sitting on their couch to making up to $25 or more delivering for Amazon." Drivers will undergo thorough background checks, including criminal and motor vehicle record checks.
Some of the issues that come to mind upon reading about Amazon Flex:
- What will be the impact on USPS which has grown dependent on Amazon as a customer?
- Will non-pro drivers be equipped to deal with the hazards of delivering packages to people's homes? (There are frequent news reports of delivery drivers being attacked by dogs.)
- Who will be responsible if an Amazon Flex driver hurts themselves on the job?
- What will be the impact as companies like Amazon find ways to hire people without providing benefits?
Merchants may have issues of their own - will drivers handle their packages with care? Are they trustworthy? Will there be an increase in claims from customers who see a regular Joe/Jane delivering their package instead of a pro?
Let us know what you think of the Uber-like delivery service from Amazon. Do FBA sellers have special concerns?
See Wednesday's Newsflash for more information.