Weekly Roundup: Amazon Expands and San Francisco Saves the Whales
Amazon Paying Employees to Quit?
According to Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky, the company is currently working on making changes to the popular free shipping program. “We’re currently working on evolving our Prime free two-day shipping program to be a free one-day shipping program,” he said. This is a big ask for Amazon, but could be more than beneficial in the near future.
Early last week , Amazon announced the next step in the project; the company revealed its Delivery Service Partner program in the U.S. in which Amazon will pay eligible employees $10,000 to start their own delivery businesses.
The $10,000 that Amazon committed to providing for former employees would go towards funding start-up costs and the equivalent of three months’ salary. The money would help their employees kickstart their package delivery companies. Along with the funding, Amazon also will be providing technology and training for the new owners, as well as discounts and Amazon branded vans.
With Amazon enacting this plan moving forward, it is a clear sign that they are moving away from third party vendors in search of their own internal operations. By their former employees starting shipping businesses, Amazon will be able to reduce its shipping costs altogether.
Saving the Whales, One Bay at a Time
On brighter news, more than 20 shipping companies have been recognized for slowing down their ships in the San Francisco Bay. The reason being is to avoid the ships colliding with Whales that are feeding in the bay.
Over the past few months, several whales that have migrated through the Bay area have washed up on the shorelines across the region. The main causes being ship strikes or malnutrition.
The National Marine Sanctuary has called on cargo ships to reduce their speeds to 10 knots or less to avoid the giant mammals. One of the program members, Dan Howard has been spearheading the project.
“There’s been some work done on the East Coast that suggests that at 10 knots the whales have a better shot of survival even if they get hit,” Dan Howard said. “Today is our opportunity to thank those companies that heard our requests and complied.”
The goal of the program is to increase the percentage of vessels that participate in when passing through the bay – currently, the program is at 45 percent with numbers increasing every year.
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