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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 Partners With Onida to Unveil Fire TV Edition Smart TVs in India

The TV features Dolby Digital Plus and DTS TruSurround sound for a superior sound experience

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"Onida is excited to work with Amazon to bring the Fire TV experience to India. We have over 38 years of experience building TVs in India and the Onida Fire TV Edition brings superior picture quality and sound output to customers, at affordable prices," said Sunil Shankar, Business Head, MIRC Electronics Ltd. (Onida). VOA

Amazon has partnered with Onida to launch its Fire TV edition Smart TVs in India at a starting price of Rs 12,999.

The TV will be available in 32-inch variant for an introductory price of Rs 12,999 while the 43-inch version will be available for Rs 21,999 starting December 20.

“We are very excited to bring the complete Fire TV experience on Onida TVs in India. With Fire TV Edition’s excellent picture quality and immersive sound experience, customers can enjoy all their favourite content in one place, whether it is streaming content from popular apps like Prime Video, Hotstar, Sony Liv, Zee5 and more, or switching to DTH/cable connection for live TV,” Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices India, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Onida Fire TV Edition has Fire TV built-in, thus, enabling the users to easily find and watch their favoruite movies and TV shows from OTT platforms like Prime Video, Hotstar, Netflix, YouTube, Sony Liv, Zee5, and Sun Nxt among others.

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Amazon has partnered with Onida to launch its Fire TV edition Smart TVs in India at a starting price of Rs 12,999. (Representational Image). Pixabay

“Onida is excited to work with Amazon to bring the Fire TV experience to India. We have over 38 years of experience building TVs in India and the Onida Fire TV Edition brings superior picture quality and sound output to customers, at affordable prices,” said Sunil Shankar, Business Head, MIRC Electronics Ltd. (Onida).

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The device comes with built-in WiFi, 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB port and 1 earphone port to enable customers connect DTH or cable set top boxes, gaming consoles, sound bars and home theatre systems.

The TV features Dolby Digital Plus and DTS TruSurround sound for a superior sound experience. (IANS)