Amazon enlists entrepreneurs to own the ‘last mile,’ delivering packages in Prime vans and uniforms

June 28, 2018

Amazon is expanding further into package delivery and promising to support a new wave of small business owners with the launch of a program that helps entrepreneurs start and run their own companies — delivering items purchased on Amazon.com in distinctive blue Prime-branded shirts and vans.

It’s “the next big building block of our end-to-end supply chain,” said Dave Clark, the Amazon executive who oversees the worldwide delivery logistics infrastructure for the e-commerce giant, in an interview with GeekWire, after a preview of the service for reporters in Seattle on Wednesday.

Amazon is announcing the new “Delivery Service Partners” program tonight. It’s the company’s latest move to build its own alternative to (if not yet a replacement for) UPS, FedEx, the U.S. Postal Service and other traditional shipping companies and postal services.

From Prime-branded planes to smiling blue delivery trucks, the Seattle tech giant is increasingly handling the shipping and delivery of items purchased on its site.

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henryfacosta

Too bad Amazon isn’t interested in continuing to use the USPS. If you change delivery to private delivery you’ll lose well over a million customers. We are active and retired USPS employees. I’ll just start doing all my shopping with another business.

RRR

Good Bye Amazon – you can’t leave fast enough – you already ruined the postal service

Diane

Be aware, read about how they treat their employees and you think they are all of a sudden gonna treat their delivery people great? And pay as well?

Clayton Norris

Great news!! It can’t happen soon enough!

Lori

Yesssss thank you leave already

Whatthe H. Dude

Maybe they got wind of this: https://uspsoig.gov/blog/scanning-horizon

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