Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has officially launched Flex, its new on-demand delivery service that relies on ordinary people to do the delivering. The e-tailer is offering crowdsourced workers to make between $18 and $25 per hour by delivering packages using their own vehicles, and a smartphone app to help with the routes.
Earlier this year, Amazon looked at buying Postmates and rumors of a crowdsourced delivery service surfaced in June. But now, Amazon has instead created its own Uber-like delivery rival, now live in Seattle. Amazon is initially focused on hiring couriers for Prime Now, the marketplace's one-hour delivery service that launched in Manhattan in December, TechCrunch reported. In the future, the company plans to expand what kind of packages are able to be delivered.
Flex workers can pick up shifts in either two, four or eight-hour blocks of time or can set their availability up to 12 hours per day for the future. Drivers will have to pass a background check, be 21 years old or older, and have a driver's license, vehicle and Android phone. Packages will be picked up from a nearby location and delivered within a designated radius, selected by the driver.
Prime Now became available in Seattle in September. The e-commerce retailer's home marketplace is also the testing ground for other Amazon delivery options such as alcohol delivery through Prime Now.
Amazon Flex is expected to arrive in other Prime Now markets including New York; Baltimore; Miami; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Chicago; Indianapolis; Atlanta; and Portland, Oregon. Currently, Amazon is only using delivery by car, but the service may soon expand to delivery by bike or foot.
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