Sachin Dadu Gaikwad, a Mumbai-based Area Sales Manager with a pharmaceutical company, was looking for ways to supplement his income and fulfill his family’s financial needs. Thanks to the pandemic, expenses had shot up unexpectedly. He joined the Amazon Flex program – a part-time work arrangement for independent delivery associates to deliver packages – as it allowed him to take on extra work in his free time.

Amazon Flex gives individuals the opportunity to earn competitive pay on their own schedules. All they need is a two-wheeler, a valid driver’s license, and be 18 years or older. Thousands of Amazon Flex delivery partners like Sachin earn payouts ranging from Rs 120-140 per hour, and also receive additional benefits like accident insurance, on-site vaccination support, and access to the Amazon Relief Fund.

Focus on health, safety & training

Amazon is committed to the safety of our delivery partners and the communities where we deliver, and we ensure that they are safe on the road and while making deliveries.

All Delivery Partners pass a background check before they are enrolled in the program. Comprehensive safety trainings are part of the onboarding process, along with steady communication around safety best practices. We also provide on-road and off-road support for partners to help them make deliveries efficiently. If something does occur that requires additional support, partners can contact Amazon’s Emergency Helpline directly from the Amazon Flex app.

In line with our efforts to ensure the health and safety of all our teams, delivery partners and their eligible dependents also receive free vaccinations at Amazon’s on-site events.

We use sophisticated technology to assign packages to an Amazon Flex Delivery Partner, keeping in mind block times and weight limits. Increased density in specific neighborhoods and residential areas reduces the distance partners need to travel in a scheduled block of time. We also have a variety of ways to gather feedback from our delivery partners, including Driver Support and the Amazon Flex app. Teams use this feedback to continuously improve the driver experience.

Focus on transparency

One of the key advantages of the Amazon Flex program is the ability for Delivery Partners to be their own boss and create their own schedules. Our associates know the block of time they sign up for in advance, along with the amount they will be paid for it. Payments are made every week through direct deposits in their bank accounts.

For delivery partners like Sachin, the ability to supplement his income while managing other professional and personal commitments is invaluable. Delivering packages to customers is not only a great way to earn extra money, but he also benefits from all the great things that come from working with Amazon: great pay, flexibility, and transparency. He hopes to purchase an electric bike from the money he saves from his earnings next month.

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