The early morning light finds a young cricket protégée practicing diligently at the nets; a few hours later, he’s seen preparing for his college exams; and later still the day finds him whizzing along his neighbourhood streets delivering packages to Amazon customers. Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, this young man is ready to take on the world. Amazon has merely stepped in to help him take the first steps, as he practices his run up to life’s marathon.

Part of the team of delivery associates who’ve joined the Amazon Flex programme, Anand Rao Vilas Bhoit is extremely happy to have taken up the opportunity. “Amazon has given me a reason to dream about my future. It has helped me get a hold of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go with my life,” says the young 19-year-old Anand.

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Anand had always been a cricket enthusiast, but his family’s financial constraints made it difficult for him to afford the expenses of his training. Enter Amazon’s flexible work opportunity for anyone with time on their hands and willing to deliver packages to customers within easy distance of his neighbourhood. The steady earnings have today made it possible for this young, district-level cricketer to appear in the field with brand new cricketing gear.

“I received a message about a part-time job opportunity with Amazon about 9 months ago,” shares Anand, “So I went for the interview and was offered the chance of working as a delivery associate. I had the option to choose time slots that were convenient for me.” What’s more, the programme offered Anand the chance to earn a steady income by utilizing his free time. “I get paid every Wednesday, on a weekly basis.

After partnering with Amazon, my earnings have increased and now I’m able to pay my college fees as well as my cricket training expenses. This is a huge relief.

New horizons ahead

Anand has been playing cricket at the district level for 4 years now, while also pursuing a college degree in Commerce. “Right now I’m in my second year in BCom. While my cricket game is on, I’m waiting to finish my graduation. Let’s see what lies ahead,” he says, hope shining in his eyes. Asked how Amazon Flex has helped him plan his future, he shares, “After partnering with Amazon, my earnings have increased and now I’m able to pay my college fees as well as my cricket training expenses. This opportunity has helped me share some of my family’s financial burden. That is a huge relief!”

This second-year BCom student from Mumbai revels in the fact that he is his own boss and can build his own delivery schedule from opportunities available 7 days a week. The flexible work hours help him schedule ahead or pick up any available block of time for is deliveries. Thus, he makes a steady income, while effortlessly balancing his college education and cricket training schedules. What’s more, Anand is also a biking enthusiast and has even started saving for his dream bike!

Launched in June 2019, the ‘Amazon Flex’ programme offers part-time work as delivery associates to anyone with time, while also handling Amazon’s vast logistics volumes in India’s towns and cities. This flexible employment programme has been fulfilling promises to Amazon customers as well as transforming lives across the country.