Amazon.com for The Black Enterprise

Guess what? Amazon wants you to deliver its packages for them!

The online retailer has launched a new program that is looking to help U.S. customers start their own businesses delivering Amazon packages. This move allows Amazon to create yet another way to ship its packages to shoppers. This will go beyond Amazon’s current delivery systems such as UPS, FedEx and other package delivery services.

Amazon.com Inc. says startup costs begin at $10,000, and the businesses created under the program would operate 20 to 40 vans and employ between 40 and 100 people.

Thinking this could be for you, here is what you need to know:

Who can apply?

Amazon.com is saying that even if you have very little logistic experience, you can apply. If you already have an existing package and delivery you are able to apply and if approved, you can continue to run your current business as well.

What is the next step?

If you’re interested, you have to apply at logistics.amazon.com . Amazon will review applications to determine if they are the right fit. There will be three weeks of training, including a trip to Amazon headquarters in Seattle. (According to the documentation, you’ll pay for this trip as part of the startup costs.) Training will include learning about Amazon’s shipping operations and spend time in the field with an existing delivery provider(s).

What will Amazon provide?

Amazon says it will offer support to the businesses, including discounts on insurance, technology and other services. Amazon-branded vans will be available to lease and Amazon-branded uniforms can be bought for drivers. But keep in mind that those vans can only be used to deliver Amazon packages.

The new business would be responsible for hiring staff, and Amazon would be the customer, paying for the deliveries. Opportunities are available near its 75 delivery stations across the country. Available locations an be seen at logistics.amazon.com./marketing/getting-started.