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NEW YORK — Amazon desires you to ship its packages for them.

The on-line retailer launched a brand new program this week that helps individuals within the United States start their very own companies delivering Amazon packages. The transfer provides Amazon one other approach to ship its packages to consumers in addition to counting on UPS, FedEx and different bundle delivery providers. Inc. says startup prices start at $10,000, and the companies created underneath this system would function 20 to 40 vans and make use of between 40 and 100 individuals.

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Here’s what else to know:

WHO IT’S FOR: Amazon says these with little or no logistics expertise can apply. And current bundle delivery companies can enroll, too. If they’re permitted to be a part of this system, Amazon says these companies can proceed to ship packages for different firms.

HOW DOES IT WORK: Those first want to apply at its web site, The firm will vet candidates and work out in the event that they’re the proper match. There’s additionally three weeks of coaching, together with a visit to Amazon headquarters in Seattle, which you may pay for as a part of the startup prices. At the coaching, Amazon says you may study its transport operations and spend time within the discipline with an current delivery supplier.

WHAT AMAZON PROVIDES: Amazon says it’ll provide assist to the companies, together with reductions on insurance coverage, know-how and different providers. Amazon-branded vans might be accessible to lease and Amazon-branded uniforms could be purchased for drivers. But take into account that these vans can solely be used to ship Amazon packages.

WHAT TO KNOW: The new enterprise could be chargeable for hiring employees, and Amazon could be the shopper, paying for the deliveries.

WHERE DO I HAVE TO BE LOCATED?: Amazon says alternatives can be found close to its 75 delivery stations throughout the nation. A map is offered at

WILL THIS PUT MY EXISTING DELIVERY COMPANY OUT OF BUSINESS?: Probably not. There are extra packages to be delivered in addition to those shipped by Amazon. And Amazon says it’ll proceed to use different delivery firms, and that this program is simply one other approach to meet the rising quantity of packages it wants to ship.

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