The e-commerce behemoth is increasing pay and perks for its delivery personnel.
The business said on Tuesday that it will double the pay of drivers who transport products in its vans while working for its so-called delivery service partners (DSP).
DSP drivers working in the United States will also be able to enrol in a 401(k) plan, and Amazon has promised to contribute $60 million in the first year to assist company owners match employee contributions.
Beginning in January 2023, a new programme will provide educational benefits to Amazon DSP drivers up to $5,250 annually, including college courses, high school completion programmes, and skill certifications. Amazon will cover the cost of tuition for its delivery partners.
Amazon said that it would spend a total of $450 million to increase perks and sweeten remuneration for delivery workers.
The programme comes at a time when the nation’s unemployment rate is still low and employers in the transportation sector are vying for employees in the shipping, trucking, and other sectors.
According to the firm, Amazon employs more than 275,000 drivers and more than 3,500 delivery partners globally.