Amazon revealed its newest initiative in growing its delivery services — an incentive program that covers some start-up costs for employees looking to become Delivery Service Partners.
Current U.S. Amazon employees looking to start their own business as a Delivery Service Partner are eligible to have up to $10,000 of their start-up costs funded by Amazon in addition to an equivalent of three months of the former employee’s last gross salary.
Beginning with employees-turned-business-owners, Amazon said it plans to add hundreds of new small businesses in 2019, adding to the 1.9 million SMBs currently working with Amazon as sellers, developers and delivery partners.
“We’ve heard from associates that they want to participate in the program but struggled with the transition. Now we have a path for those associates with an appetite for opportunities to own their own businesses,” commented Dave Clark, senior VP of worldwide operations in the official statement.