Amazon is getting into the gig economy with the launch of a new service that pays part-time drivers to deliver packages on their behalf.
An obvious nod to Uber and the like, Amazon Flex promises to pay drivers between $18 and $25 per hour to deliver packages ordered using the company’s one-hour delivery service, Amazon Prime Now.
Interested parties must be at least 21 years of age, supply their own vehicle, have an Android-based smartphone and pass a background check. It’s unclear what factors – number of available workers, delivery distance or package size, for example – play into exactly how much a driver will earn per hour of work.
Due to the nature of the service, it’s not quite as flexible as something like Uber. Part-time drivers can take on two-, four- or eight-hour shifts to supplement their income when free time presents itself (or perhaps even work “full-time”).
Amazon says drivers can work as much as they want with delivery opportunities available seven days a week.
Amazon Flex launched today in Seattle although the e-commerce giant has plans to eventually bring the service to Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Manhattan, Miami and Portland. No timeline was provided for the expansion, however.
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