The initiative is created to further expand Amazon's Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program, in which the company helps small business owners start their own companies to deliver Amazon packages.
Amazon said it would cover up to $10,000 in startup costs, as well as three months' salary, for employees accepted into the program.
Amazon first launched the "delivery service partner" program in 2018, requiring employees to invest in their own start and estimating revenues for up to $300,000.More news: Alberta tops provinces in money laundering
According to the announcement, Amazon developed the new arm of the program to help employees who are interested in the Delivery Service Partner program but need assistance during the transition process.
The news coincides with a push by the company to shift its core Amazon Prime delivery benefit to free one-day shipping, from its longtime benefit of free two-day shipping.
Under a previously announced feature of the DSP program, Amazon pledged $1 million to reimburse up to $10,000 in startup costs for qualified USA military veterans. It's sure to prove very popular with employees who'd like a change of career or a bit more control over what they do every day at work.
Since previous year, some 200 people have begun Amazon delivery startups, and the company said it expects "hundreds" more with the added incentives, available in the US, Britain and Spain. "Now we have a path for those associated with an appetite for opportunities to own their own businesses".More news: 'Empire' will go 1 more season, Smollett's future is unclear
Amazon also has its own airplanes handling freight and has been testing drones and delivery robots.
That's where the new financial incentives for employees come into play.
The new employee incentive is part of a program Amazon started one year ago, allowing anyone to launch an independent Amazon delivery business. Because more sales are happening online and more companies are trying to compete on service as well as sales, delivery drivers are in high demand.
Last month, Amazon said it expected to spend $800 million this quarter on shortening delivery times to a single day for Prime buyers, with shoppers in North America expected to be the first to benefit.More news: Billionaire Bezos Unveils Moon Lander Mockup, Embraces Trump’s Lunar Timetable