Amazon taps florists and coffee shops for help with deliveries

Always looking for ways to boost elements of its gargantuan delivery network, Amazon is now actively recruiting small businesses in the U.S. that can assist it with its last-mile delivery efforts, Axios reported on Monday.

The online shopping giant is deploying the initiative — called Amazon Hub Delivery — in 23 states across the country, including in major cities such as Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

It involves partnering with small businesses such as florists, coffee shops, and clothing stores, with no delivery experience required and no long-term contracts to sign. However, one of the conditions for taking part is that the premises must have a secure area for storing the parcels.

Those partnering with Amazon will receive a daily consignment of around 30 parcels that need delivering to addresses in the local area. Staff at the business would then go out the same day to deliver the items to customers.


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