If you have a car, a smartphone, and some free time; Amazon.com Inc might have a job for you. Amazon has been trying to reduce its dependence on traditional logistics firms such as UPS, FedEx and DHL. In fact, the firm has recently leased a fleet of 40 cargo planes to handle its delivery and it is working with UK regulators to test delivery by drones. However, the last mile in the delivery process – the last mile to the customer’s doorstep is still proving somewhat tricky.
In September last year, Amazon officially launched an Uber-like program from package delivery. The service is current available in 30 U.S. cities and now, Flex is coming to Colorado in order to meet the needs of Denver-area shoppers.
Why is Amazon concerned about the last mile?
Amazon has not been able to eliminate the need for the services of shipping firms (yet) but it is trying to reduce its demand as much as possible. When news about Amazon’s leasing of 40 cargo planes broke, an article covered cost analysis of how much the firm spends on shipping. The authors of a whitepaper on creating a Customer Centric Supply Chain have maintained that 28% o0f the total delivery cost comes from the last mile.
Amazon is in the business of making profits and the firm understands that it must either pass the shipping cost to the customer or see the shipping cost eat into the bottom line. The firm is paying more attention to the last delivery process because owning the entire supply chain could be the silver bullet for meeting the challenges of the last mile.
Apart from the cost implications, the firm could also obtain a more efficient delivery service if it manages deliveries in-house instead of outsourcing deliveries to third parties. For one, customers love real time tracking of the delivery process, whereas many logistic firms only offer operational update. The introduction of Amazon Flex could make it easier for customers to track their packages in real time. More so, the control of the delivery process will also provide a platform for open communication between consumers and the deliveryman in order to eliminate frictions in delivery.
Here’s how to earn $25 per hour with Amazon
The Denver Post reports that Amazon is out to hire drivers who will use their cars to take over the last mile in deliveries. The firm opened its first facility in Colorado among one month ago and now it has openings for Flex drivers. To be eligible, drivers must be at least 21 years old, they must have a car, and they must have a smartphone.
Flex Drivers can expect to earn between $18 and $25 per hour but the firm wants drivers to understand that Flex driving is not a full-time job. Flex drivers would be best served if they were already running driving gigs with Uber or Lyft. It might also interest drivers to know that they’ll most likely be responsible for gas, repairs and insurance. Hence, you might want to do Flex driving alongside your regular driving commute.