Amazon, the king of shipping goods to you in two days or less is looking to speed that process up even further. The online company retail company, announced a new service that will pay drivers to deliver packages to shoppers in an hour or less. If you are looking to make some cash on the side, for like, starting your own company, this may be the part-time gig for you.
A twist on Uber and Lyft driver concept, Amazon Flex is open to drivers with their own car who have a smart phone and pass a background check. Approved drivers can select two-, four-, or eight-hour shifts and earn between $18-$25 an hour. Customers will still use the Amazon Prime Now service to order, but the orders will be delivered through the Amazon Flex drivers.
Amazon Flex launched in Seattle and will eventually expand to Manhattan, Chicago, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Portland.
Retailers have been tinkering for years with improving and monetizing the “last mile” delivery market. This could change the way you order everything from gifts, to groceries to clothing and office supplies. It could also revolutionize peer to peer shopping services.
Competitors will be watching closely to see if Amazon’s sharing economy model of part-time delivery drivers works and we’ll be watching as well.
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