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Posted 8/14/17 , edited 8/15/17
Amazon hires private freelance drivers to deliver packages, creating confusion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmE5-qyYaAs

I guess this is something you can do if you have a car lying around and some free time.. it's ideal for people who don't want to deal with driving strangers around (working for uber or lyft). i think i have to look into this. The weekend evenings are always slow so driving around and dropping off packages for $18-$25/hr is not bad

i guess my last package was delivered by one of the contractors ?
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Posted 8/14/17 , edited 8/15/17
Yep, there are some in my area too... allows for SUNDAY deliveries, CRAZYTALK!

I know because I have gotten a few packages on Sundays, hehe.
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Posted 8/14/17 , edited 8/15/17
Well at least we don't have worry about anyone getting shot.



Oh Shit, I forgot about Chicago. Well I'm sure Amazon will give their drivers kevlar Vests
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I signed up for Amazon Flex, and tried it once. Their mapping software sent me across two rail crossings, both with trains present, on the way to their warehouse to pick up my packages. I was late, and they gave them to another driver. There were other routes that would have worked if they used Google Maps, instead of trying to make their own.
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I signed up for Amazon Flex, and tried it once. Their mapping software sent me across two rail crossings, both with trains present, on the way to their warehouse to pick up my packages. I was late, and they gave them to another driver. There were other routes that would have worked if they used Google Maps, instead of trying to make their own.


you can not just take the quickest routes based on google map?
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uncoveror wrote:

I signed up for Amazon Flex, and tried it once. Their mapping software sent me across two rail crossings, both with trains present, on the way to their warehouse to pick up my packages. I was late, and they gave them to another driver. There were other routes that would have worked if they used Google Maps, instead of trying to make their own.


you can not just take the quickest routes based on google map?



If I had known in advance that their software sending me on a useless route, and does not have the ability to show alternate routes, I could have used Google maps. Losing my deliveries that day was an expensive way to learn that lesson.

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uncoveror wrote:


dulun18 wrote:


uncoveror wrote:

I signed up for Amazon Flex, and tried it once. Their mapping software sent me across two rail crossings, both with trains present, on the way to their warehouse to pick up my packages. I was late, and they gave them to another driver. There were other routes that would have worked if they used Google Maps, instead of trying to make their own.


you can not just take the quickest routes based on google map?



If I had known in advance that their software sending me on a useless route, and does not have the ability to show alternate routes, I could have used Google maps. Losing my deliveries that day was an expensive way to learn that lesson.



Google pretty much has personal mapping whipped. If Amazon ever develops actual competition to Google Maps, you can bet they will brag/advertise shamelessly about it. With a fleet of personal drivers collecting data, that's actually possible, but Google has a huge head start.
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Posted 8/15/17 , edited 8/16/17
Yeah it's called Amazon Flex last I checked.
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uncoveror wrote:

If I had known in advance that their software sending me on a useless route, and does not have the ability to show alternate routes, I could have used Google maps. Losing my deliveries that day was an expensive way to learn that lesson.



are you still working for them ?

https://flex.amazon.com/
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Posted 8/16/17 , edited 8/16/17
I haven't done any more than log into the app to see if routes are available, but they are changing my hours at my regular job to a schedule I don't like. That makes me want to try it again.
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Posted 8/16/17 , edited 8/16/17
Amazon is now competing against lyft and uber for drivers.

Capitalism at its finest.
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Posted 8/16/17 , edited 8/17/17
They've been doing this for awhile in my area.
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/23/17

riverjustice wrote:

Amazon is now competing against lyft and uber for drivers.

Capitalism at its finest.


this is how companies with thousands of employees thrive even under Obamacare -- having most of the workers be contractors

after taxes,deductions, insurance, etc.. -- you have to put a lot of hours into these contractor type jobs
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