Amazon to employees: We’ll pay you to quit and haul packages

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  • Racing to get to one-day shipping for its Prime members, Amazon is asking employees to quit and offering them help starting their own delivery businesses. 
  • Amazon said it would cover up to $10,000 in startup costs, as well as three months’ salary, for employees accepted into the program.
  • The new employee incentive is part of a program Amazon started one year ago, allowing anyone to launch an independent Amazon delivery business.  

Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we’ll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages.

The offer, announced Monday, comes as Amazon seeks to speed up its shipping time from two days to one for its Prime members. The company sees the new incentive as a way to get more packages delivered to shoppers’ doorsteps faster.

Amazon said it will cover up to $10,000 in startup costs for employees who are accepted into the program and leave their jobs. The company said it will also pay them three months’ worth of their salary. The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders. Whole Foods employees are not eligible to receive the new incentives.

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