If you subscribe to Try Amazon Prime , you may have already heard of Amazon Prime Now. It’s Amazon’s new same-day delivery service available only to its Prime members and exclusive to certain cities where it’s been rolled out.
Prime Now offers free two-hour delivery on certain items, with one-hour delivery available for $7.99. Orders need to be placed using the Amazon Prime Now mobile app.
Prime Same Day offers same day delivery by 9 p.m. on over a million items covering 40+ categories on orders online or through the mobile app. Of course, there’s still regular Amazon Prime delivery, available for more than 20 million Amazon products, offering two-day delivery, seven days a week.
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Amazon Prime Now Delivery Drivers Wanted
Someone’s got to deliver all of these Prime Now and Prime Same Day packages, and it’s not UPS, USPS or FedEx. Instead, Amazon is hiring part-time drivers in cities across the country. The jobs are dubbed Amazon Flex, and the company describes them as letting drivers choose their own hours with the opportunity to make up to $18 to $25 per hour. Don’t get too excited, since this number is an estimate and may include tips, which most customers probably don’t know they’re supposed to give, at least not yet.
What’s more, according to published reports, Amazon Prime Now drivers have also begun delivering regular Amazon Prime packages along with Prime Now and Same Day boxes.
Amazon Flex’s website says they have delivery jobs in Richmond, Seattle, Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Indianapolis, with New York, Chicago and Portland coming soon.
However, Amazon Prime Now is also available in Raleigh, where I live, and I’m pretty sure I received a regular Amazon Prime (not Prime Now or Same Day) delivery from someone who wasn’t from FedEx, UPS or USPS. I happened to be looking out the window when I saw a minivan pull up, then a person in the vehicle scanned something and delivered a box to my porch.
Therefore, if you’re interested in an Amazon Flex delivery position, you should probably fill out the online Amazon Flex form, even if your city isn’t listed, especially if you know that Amazon Prime Now is already available in your area. Amazon Flex only accepts drivers who are 21+ years old with a car and a valid driver’s license. You’ll need an Android phone, too, plus you’ll have to pass a background check.
Drivers can pick shifts of two, four or eight hours at a time or set availability for up to 12 hours per day for the future. Though you have flexibility in picking your hours, you can’t pick your delivery area or limit yourself to only certain package contents. That seems to imply that you could have a pretty broad delivery area, which could run up quite a few extra miles on your car.
Amazon says that pickups of items for delivery are “at a location near you.” It’s not clear whether Amazon Flex workers are actual employees or independent contractors. The latter would mean you’d be responsible for paying your own self-employment taxes, severely cutting into your hourly rate. There’s also no mention of benefits or mileage reimbursement.
How About You?
Are you familiar with Amazon Flex? Would you be interested in applying? Do you know anything more about Amazon Flex than what I’ve written above? Please share!
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