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Amazon Announces to Fund Employees For Their Delivery Start-ups

Amazon has been trying to gear up an independent delivery service to handle packages now going to companies like FedEx as well as the Postal Service

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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

In an attempt to help its US-based employees quit their jobs and establish their own businesses, Amazon has announced to fund employees with up to $10,000 for their delivery start-ups along with three months of existing salaries.

In June 2018, the company announced that it is encouraging its employees to apply to start their own small businesses, delivering Prime packages in Amazon-branded vans and uniforms.

The company said that although thousands of employees expressed interest in the programme, most of them said they could not afford the start-up money they needed to get the businesses off the ground.

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

“We received overwhelming interest from tens of thousands of individuals who applied to be part of the ‘Delivery Service Partner’ programme, including many employees. We’ve heard from associates that they want to participate in the programme but struggled with the transition,” CNN quoted Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of worldwide operations at Amazon, as saying on Monday.

According to the company, ever since it started the delivery service, there have been more than 200 independent contractors who signed up to handle the deliveries. Between them, they have hired thousands of local drivers to deliver the packages.

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The e-commerce giant recently announced implementing its one-day Prime delivery decision, which was traditionally a two-day window. In 2019, the company plans to add hundreds more delivery contractors, including the former employees who take up the offer, the report added.

Amazon has been trying to gear up an independent delivery service to handle packages now going to companies like FedEx as well as the Postal Service. (IANS)

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Amazon India Announces Diwali Special Sale- Great Indian Festival

The special sale will start from midnight on October 21 till 11.59 p.m. on October 25

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Amazon Prime members can grab great deals first with exclusive early access from 12 a.m. on October 20. Pixabay

Amazon India on Saturday announced the Great Indian Festival – Diwali Special sale which will bring deals and offers on a wide range of items, including smartphones, laptops, cameras, large appliances, kitchen products and more.

The special sale will start from midnight on October 21 till 11.59 p.m. on October 25.

Prime members can grab great deals first with exclusive early access from 12 a.m. on October 20.

During the sale, users can enjoy deals on brands like Apple, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Samsung, Vivo, Honor and many more offers on latest Amazon Specials smartphones including OnePlus 7T, Samsung M30s and Vivo U10, the company said in a statement.

There will be up to 60 per cent off on appliances and TV’s with no-cost EMI, exchange offers and installation with free deliveries.

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During the sale, users can enjoy deals on brands like Apple, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Samsung, Vivo, Honor and many more offers on latest Amazon Specials smartphones. Pixabay

A consumer will also get a range of finance options from no-cost EMI on debit and credit cards, Bajaj Finserv cards and unlimited reward points on Amazon Pay and ICICI credit card.

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Additionally, there will be offers on top products such as LG (43) 4K Smart TV, Whirlpool Convertible Double Door Refrigerator, Samsung Fully Automatic top load washing machines and the newly launched Sanyo Kaizen Android Smart TV and more. (IANS)