Amazon is rising its on-demand supply service
Amazon has invited its Flex drivers to join its expanded “on-demand” supply service that handles commonplace packages, in accordance with Reuters. The e-commerce big launched its Flex program in September 2015 for the fast delivery and dealing with of widespread home items bought via Prime Now in choose cities. It is comprised of contractors who have to log in by means of their apps every time they’re on obligation, therefore the comparability to Uber. Now, Amazon is seemingly trying to begin utilizing their providers to ship different items bought via the web site.
Amazon has confirmed to Reuters that some Flex drivers in Texas’ Dallas-Fort Value space have already began transporting commonplace packages. The corporate is not trying to minimize ties with its companion couriers, an exec stated in a current earnings name, however it’s looking for an economical answer for deliveries at peak occasions. By increasing Flex, it might shave off a substantial quantity from the $eleven.5 billion it spent on S&H final yr.
Based mostly on the e-mail Amazon despatched to 3 of its Flex drivers, events might want to have a mid-sized sedan or a bigger 4-door automotive to qualify for the expanded program. They will work anytime from 8AM to 4PM, seven days every week, however they’d should cease dealing with Prime Now packages and concentrate on commonplace orders, at the very least for now. People who enroll will get an introductory pay of $18 per hour. They will nonetheless be categorized as contractors, although, and should shoulder their very own fuel and insurance coverage. Plus, they do not get additional time pay or some other advantages.
Again in October 2015, 4 Prime Now/Flex drivers in LA took the corporate to courtroom in an effort to be acknowledged and compensated as staff. They argued that Amazon was already treating them like employed personnel anyway, anticipating them to work common shifts and put on uniforms. The plaintiffs additionally claimed that they by no means even noticed the information clients gave them utilizing bank cards.