Amazon Plan Would Expand Its Uber-Like Delivery Service

By Mari Saito | February 18, 2016

  • February 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm
    Katherine says:
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    Wow… this sounds like a disaster in the works.

  • February 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm
    Crain says:
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    How would Amazon track the hours of service for which the driver is to be paid? This article is a little light on details perhaps because Amazon does not want to share those details yet. This may work, but if the driver is paying gas and insurance, $18/hour is not much in the way of payment. A mid-size sedan could burn a gallon of gas easily in an hour. Add insurance costs and the pay is not that great. If an accident occurs, who pays for the damage to the Amazon packages? If the driver gets hurt, who pays the medical bills? Some group health policies will not cover work related injuries. If this adds 10,000 miles per year on the auto, then the vehicle will be used up a lot more quickly. I could see this resulting in a person being upside down in their car payments.

  • February 18, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    Drewboy says:
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    Not really happy about this. My first experience with one of these, I came home during a delivery to see a guy driving a rusted out panel van doing something in my trash bin. I asked him what the hell and all he said was “Amazon delivery” and got in his van and drove away. My first thought when seeing him was that my house was being burglarized. This morning I saw a similar van in front of a neighbor’s house and a woman taking a picture of the house with the package on the doorstep.

  • February 19, 2016 at 5:46 am
    Maureen Brown says:
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    $18.00 an hours seems low in light of the fact that these drivers have to pay their own insurance and gas and possibly tolls as well. Because they are delivering goods, they may need to have a commercial auto policy in place as the personal auto policy may contain an exclusion. In addition, if they are involved in an accident that is considered their fault, if they carry low limits, their personal assets are at risk. Seems a much better deal for Amazon than the drivers.

  • February 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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    this article does not mention that amazon has been using united states postal service to deliver their packages for over a year. Amazon is paying the post office 50% of what they pay ups and fedex to deliver amazon packages. Good for amazon, bad for post office. The post office is delivering amazon packages on Sundays. I thought the post office recently said they were planning to stop Saturday deliveries because they were loosing so much money, now they are paying overtime on Sundays. How much more money are they losing trying to compete with well organized efficient companies like fedex and ups and charging 50% of what ups and fedex charge. I read that the post office is planning to invest billions to buy new larger delivery trucks to accommodate Amazon packages like the trucks ups and fedex already have. Will stamps go up to $1 or more now that the usps is loosing money in a whole new way, trying to compete with fedex and ups.



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