The new delivery programme by mammoth contender in the e-commerce industry targets housewives, security guards, college students, and anyone who has spare time to make deliveries in their areas and on days of their choice. They will be paid ₹120-140 per hour.
However, the programme had already been in trial mode over the last two weeks in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi.
Meanwhile, Amazon Flex has been operational in Amazon’s six other markets in North America, Germany, Spain, Japan, Singapore, and the UK.
“India has attended delivery (when the customer directly receives the product rather than the package being left at the doorstep as in the western markets). For cash on delivery orders, these delivery partners may need to give change. To avoid any issues with cash, the change is issued directly to the customer’s Amazon Pay wallet rather than as cash by the delivery partner,” Akhil Saxena, vice president of Asia Operations at Amazon said.
Although Amazon was launched in India about six years ago, Amazon Flex is introduced only now due to the specific requirements for the Indian market, Saxena added.
Amazon, is an American multinational technology company, based out of Seattle that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming and artificial intelligence. It was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos.
Once you download the Amazon Flex app, you can register to be a part-time delivery partner by choosing the area and time of your preference.
Saxena further added that this programme is aligned with government schemes like Digital India and Skill India, as it is completely tech-driven.
The freelance delivery partners are provided a four-hour slot every day for delivering the orders. They can pick it up from the delivery stations, and at the end of the day, come back there with the undelivered orders and cash from CoD (Cash-on-delivery) purchases, he said.