Amazon claims ‘remarkable growth’ for its Delivery Service Partner programme
Amazon has reported that it has seen “remarkable growth” for the Delivery Service Partner (DSP) programme that it launched in 2018, with “more than 1,300 DSPs operating across the US, Canada, UK, Spain, and Germany who have created nearly 85,000 jobs”.
A notice posted on the “about amazon” blog on Friday (7 August) said the programme has “empowered aspiring entrepreneurs to build their own last mile delivery companies—from the ground up with the support infrastructure, technology, and a suite of exclusive services, creating thriving small businesses and a safe and motivating environment for their teams”.
The programme has, of course, also been good for Amazon – as it expands the online retail giant’s delivery options.
The Amazon blog highlighted the “breadth of diversity” in the programme – and now this is something that Amazon says it wants to extend further with a “new diversity grant to help reduce the barriers to entry for Black, Latinx, and Native American entrepreneurs”.
The blog posted described the grant as “a $1 million commitment toward funding startup costs, offering $10,000 for each qualified candidate to build their own businesses in the US”.
“We are committed to opening up more opportunities for underrepresented minorities to realise their dreams. For many, this includes owning their own business, and we are proud to help make that happen,” said Udit Madan, Amazon’s vice president of Last Mile Logistics.
“The DSP programme empowers hands-on leaders with a bias for action, ownership, and deep customer obsession to build their own business and grow with the rising tide of e-commerce, while helping us supplement capacity to speed up deliveries for customers. We are incredibly proud of our partners and are excited to continue to see this program grow.”