Amazon takes cue from Uber, will pay consumers to deliver packages
SEATTLE — Watch out Uber, Amazon may just steal away your drivers.
The online giant is launching an Uber-like program, called Amazon Flex, which uses on-demand independent contractors to deliver Amazon packages. The service is currently available only in Seattle (and only to members of Amazon’s same-day delivery service Prime Now), but the company expects to roll it out to other cities where Prime Now is offered, including Manhattan, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, and Chicago.
“There is a tremendous population of people who want to work in an on-demand fashion,” Dave Clark, Amazon senior VP of world-wide operations, told the Wall Street Journal. “This is another opportunity for people to work with the company.”
To qualify to deliver packages for Amazon, drivers must provide their own car, own an Android smartphone, and pass a background check. Amazon bills Flex as a way for workers to “be your own boss” by setting the hours they want to work.
“You can work as much or as little as you want,” according to the Amazon site.
Daily Diversion: Magic with Malala
Malal Yousafzai is pretty accomplished for an 18-year-old. Yousafzai, who is from Pakistan, is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate — an honor she received at 16 years old after she continued to push for women’s education in her home country and around the world, even after being targeted and shot by the Taliban in 2012 for doing so. In 2013 she published her book, “I Am Malala” and there is a forthcoming documentary about her life called “He Named Me Malala.”
As it happens, Yousafzai si also a pretty good magician. She performed a card trick for Stephen Colber When plugging her movie on “The Late Show,” the video of which is embedded above.