Amazon offers employees thousands of pounds to set up delivery firms

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

However, if the program proves popular, it's unclear just how many employees Amazon will let leave their positions and participate in this program.

The new employee incentive is part of a program Amazon started one year ago, allowing anyone to launch an independent Amazon delivery business.

Thomson declined comment on the specifics of Amazon's announcement, but said it was well-timed if the company wants to reach out to individuals who drive for Uber Technologies Inc. or Lyft Inc. and who are upset about the way they are treated and how much they are being paid per ride.

The e-commerce giant announced Monday that it will provide employees up to $10,000 for startup costs to build their own package delivery businesses.

The move is a way for Amazon is to control more of its deliveries, rather than relying on the US postal service or other carriers such as UPS. Whole Foods employees, however, are not eligible.

Bertens beats Halep in Madrid Open final
But Bertens more than played her part, a deserving victor and the first woman ever to win the title without even dropping a set. Her semi-final this year in Madrid against the unseeded Belinda Bencic , now ranked No18, would be her 21st on clay.

Kristof, who founded the SideHusl.com website for freelance economy workers, wrote in CBS MoneyWatch in June 2018 that "the kind of money Amazon is talking about requires an extraordinary amount of work". The process would likely take some time as Amazon tries to flawless the technology and make sure it's capable of operating smoothly, according to Reuters. "We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created". "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.

Dave Clark, senior vice president of Amazon's worldwide operations, said in the release that the company received "overwhelming interest from tens of thousands of" people who applied to the new program, including current employees.

One of them is run by Milton Collier, a freight broker who started his business in Atlanta about eight months ago. We can only imagine what a fleet of 40 vans delivering parcels all day means for Amazon's profits.

Collier says his business is already preparing for the one-day shipping goal by looking for more workers.

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