Got free time? Deliver for Amazon

BENGALURU: Now, you can deliver goods for Amazon India on a part-time basis, making Rs 120-140 per hour.

The e-commerce major on Thursday launched Amazon Flex, where college students, food delivery executives, service sector staff or security guards can sign up and deliver goods for the company. This is the seventh country globally where Amazon has introduced this programme, which also improves its last-mile delivery network. The hourly-pay is inclusive of operating costs like fuel.

Starting with Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, Flex will eventually be taken to the top seven cities this year by Amazon. Started in 2015 in the US, Flex is available in Spain, Japan, Singapore, Germany and the UK.

Amazon did a pilot of Flex in these cities with about 1,000 such partners. Amazon has activated Flex’s app downloads here, where one can apply and — upon verification and background checks — could start delivering for Amazon on their bikes. Only products that could be carried on a two-wheeler will be assigned to these delivery executives. Amazon has enabled in-app video tutorials for these partners to learn, from where they also take multiple tests to assess their understanding of the work.

“The Indian market is complex. We had to customise it to accommodate aspects like cash-on-delivery or attended deliveries, unlike unattended deliveries in other markets. We feel the rates (hourly pay) are very competitive,” said Amazon VP (Asia customer fulfilment) Akhil Saxena. He said Flex strengthens the overall delivery network and its speed for Amazon. “We can add more delivery slots and, as a result, the customer will get the product faster,” he added.

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Amazon will pay Flex partners on a weekly basis directly into their bank accounts. The local arm of the Seattle-based etailer recently completed six years in India. The addition of Flex marks the growing list of international programmes and services like Prime, Amazon Music, Audible and Alexa being brought here by Amazon.



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