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Amazon goes Uber with Flex delivery service

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Amazon says drivers will be able to work as much as they want, with delivery opportunities available seven days a week
Amazon says drivers will be able to work as much as they want, with delivery opportunities available seven days a week
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Amazon says drivers will be able to work as much as they want, with delivery opportunities available seven days a week
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Amazon says drivers will be able to work as much as they want, with delivery opportunities available seven days a week

Amazon has launched a new means of delivering its packages. No, it's not by drones just yet. Instead, Amazon Flex will let individuals deliver packages in their local area, using a similar model to Uber or Nimber. To begin, they'll just need their own car and an Android smartphone.

Flex has initially been launched in Seattle, and people interested in making deliveries as part of the service can sign up at the Flex website. Amazon says drivers will be able to work as much as they want throughout the week, work flexible hours and earn around US$18-25 per hour.

Drivers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license and undergo a background check. Once that's done, they will be given access to the Flex app and will be able to start accepting delivery opportunities.

Among the next cities in which Flex will next roll out are Manhattan, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Portland (Oregon). As yet, there's no mention of cities outside the US. Although Flex couriers will require a car to begin, Amazon says that bike and foot deliveries may be added to the service in the future.

Source: Amazon

3 comments
Daniel Gregory
Meanwhile, at Amazon: "We found a way to employ delivery people without benefits! And rather than doing background checks on these people, they can just use an App. We can have a stranger at your door with your package in minutes! We'll call it, the Amazon Stranger at your Door program."
Kuniva
I often find that the worst delivery services, such as Yodel and Hermes are made up of self employed delivery drivers. I'll see how the reviews go after some time before I ever use them as my main delivery method.
Stephen N Russell
Need Flex for LA CA Avalon, Catalina Island Las Vegas NV San Fran CA Monterrey CA Santa Barbara CA La Canada CA Montrose CA Glendale CA Tuscon AZ Denver CO Kona, Hilo, Honolulu HI Yuma AZ Vic BC NYC Miami, Tampa FL FL Keys awesome idea. Must connect to Amazon main delievery distrib system too locally for drivers to connect. PR service with Teslas?? Chevy Volts etc.