Amazon Wants to Speed up Deliveries by Partnering With Local Businesses




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Are you interested in adding some extra income to your business? Amazon is adding small business owners to its delivery model. With Amazon Hub, local businesses can sign up to become Hub Partners and help out with deliveries.

Amazon is looking for established businesses to receive daily bulk deliveries at their location. Between 20 to 50 packages will be delivered to participating stores daily, using their own staff and vehicles to ensure deliveries get to their final destination.

Axios reports Vice President of Amazon Last Mile Delivery and Technology said the program is designed to help “create opportunities for delivery partners interested in growing a business… and supplementing their income.”

Stores that already have some type of delivery service are Amazon’s ideal partners. Locations must have a secure storage area for deliveries. Partners will be compensated for each completed delivery, though how much isn’t disclosed as of yet. 

Throughout the year, Amazon will begin launching its new delivery partnership in select cities throughout the United States. Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, and Washington are on the list so far. Amazon is eyeing twenty-three states for the initial launch.

To become an Amazon Hub Partner, you don’t need delivery experience. There are no long-term contracts and partners will get weekly direct deposits. The only requirements are:

  • Ownership or permission to operate from the owner of the entity you’re applying with
  • A certificate of insurance which you’ll need to submit to Amazon
  • Business entity documents such as a state business registration number or tax ID

Amazon aims to decrease the workload on its own delivery drivers by using small businesses as drop spots, which will take over from there. Once you’ve signed up to become an Amazon Hub Partner, you’ll have access to an app that will track deliveries, provide directions, and keep tabs on what your business is earning per delivery.

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