Amazon launches Road to Ownership program for drivers

Amazon has launched Road to Ownership, a 16-week training and development program to help drivers and team members at Amazon Delivery Service Partners (DSPs) one day open their own delivery businesses, according to a report. company announcement released Friday, June 3.

“The program offers a blended learning experience that includes facilitator-led classes, personalized e-learning modules, and mentor development sessions with current DSP owners,” the announcement reads. “The program aims to enhance participants’ understanding of the essential functions of operating a DSP and to foster the business acumen needed to run a successful business.”

At the end of the program, applicants reveal their business plans, with graduates receiving a $30,000 grant to cover start-up costs and living expenses while setting up their business, according to the announcement.

Amazon launched the DSP program in 2018 to give promising entrepreneurs access to Amazon’s operations and logistics expertise, the announcement said.

In other news, Amazon has revamped its e-commerce operations, which in turn means there could be less demand for warehouses and distribution square footage — important components in the middle and last mile of the world. trade.

Read more: E-commerce is reshaping the middle and last mile, as well as real estate

The retail giant has started subletting part of its warehouse (it had about 374 million square feet of space at the end of last year). Subletting could have the ripple effect of making rental markets a bit more price competitive and providing an additional revenue stream for the e-commerce giant.

As PYMNTS has noted in the past, Amazon has expanded its logistics footprint and diversified into everything from airplanes to warehouse to enlisting its Flex Drivers to get orders from retail outlets. centered on shopping malls and delivering them to consumers’ homes.

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