With Flex, Amazon Delivers Packages With Uber-like Twist
When ride-sharing is making so much money, it only makes sense that an online retail giant like Amazon would consider getting into the business in its own unique way. And so with that, Amazon quietly put its Amazon Flex program into action. Like the name suggests, you don’t have to work full-time for Amazon just to be able to earn money. Instead, you just deliver packages from them in your own car anywhere between 2 to 12 hours a day.
First things first, Amazon wants to make it clear that when you join their Flex team, you still get to be your own boss. After all, it is you who determines how much Amazon Prime Now packages you want to deliver and when you are able to do deliveries. Moreover, you will be doing your own Amazon delivery operations right in the comfort of your own car with the aid of your smartphone.
And if you think you may have limited chances to deliver packages, Amazon can guarantee that they can keep you busy delivering packages seven days a week, allowing you to work as much as you can. There is no pressure to work too long throughout the day though as you can easily choose between two, four, eight or 12 hour blocks of time for delivering packages. Moreover, this flexible work arrangement comes with a pay of anywhere between $18 to $25 an hour.
Amazon Flex work opportunities are currently only available in Seattle. Soon, however, this unique package delivery work will also be made available in Manhattan, Miami, Baltimore, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Portland. You just need to be 21 years old or older, have a car, an Android phone and a valid driver’s license. Amazon will also conduct a background check on you and once you’ve passed, the company will give you access to its app so that you can be on your way delivering packages.
How it works is that you start by picking up packages for delivery at an Amazon location near you. These packages are actually for delivery to destinations within the local radius while also keeping in mind the delivery block you have selected. Sounds simple enough.
In case you’re wondering, Amazon is not allowing you to deliver packages on foot or on your bike. However, the idea seems to be under consideration.