Move over UPS truck: Amazon delivery vans to hit the street

Move over UPS truck: Amazon delivery vans to hit the street

Taking more control over that growth, the web retailer offered to help anyone who wants to start their own delivery businesses.

It's their latest attempt to gain even more control over their delivery network, which now ships over 5 billion packages around the world annually.

Amazon said in a release that owners of these delivery businesses have the potential to earn as much as $300,000 in annual profit operating a fleet of up to 40 delivery vehicles.

"We have great partners in our traditional carriers and it's exciting to continue to see the logistics industry grow", said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations. In return, Amazon gets more ways to ship its packages to shoppers without having to rely on UPS, FedEx and other package delivery services.

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Amazon has been doing some major things lately, like extending Prime membership benefits to their Whole Foods locations and launching a new service that allows delivery people access the inside of your auto to drop off packages.

Recently, the company has come under fire from President Donald Trump who tweeted that Amazon should pay the U.S. Postal Service more for shipping its packages.

Clark said he expects the companies to join the program with 20 to 40 trucks will employ about 100 drivers.

"I had prior experience running my own business but not in logistics", said Olaoluwa Abimbola, one of Amazon's beta participants in the new offering. The entrepreneur will be responsible for hiring delivery people, and Amazon would be the customer, paying the business to pick up packages from its 75 delivery centers around the country and delivering them to shopper's doorsteps. Amazon will bear the cost of the fuel as well and this will go down well with the drivers who have been cribbing about the losses they incur due to rising fuel costs. People have to apply at and be approved by Amazon. "In just five months, I have hired more than 40 employees, and it's encouraging to know that any driven individual can use Amazon's support and the Delivery Service Partner community to build a successful, thriving business". With the new startup initiative, the online store will be able to boost its shipment capacity while putting Amazon-branded vehicles and uniforms on the streets.