To begin, Amazon Flex is available only in Seattle, but will eventually roll out to Manhattan, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Portland.
Users interested in becoming delivery drivers must be at least 21 years old and have an Android phone. Applicants will need to have a car and valid driver’s license, and pass a background check.
If accepted, Amazon will provide users access to the Amazon Flex app, and the actual opportunities to deliver products. To start, Amazon Flex drivers will only deliver Amazon Prime Now orders (those promising one and two-hour delivery), but additional opportunities may be added in the future. Drivers can choose their own availability in two, four and eight hour blocks of time on the same day, or up to 12 hours per day for the future.
Amazon promises ‘great pay’ for drivers, at $18 to 25 per hour, with delivery opportunities being available seven days a week. Interested users can sign up for an ‘informational session’ to learn more, or contact Amazon to be notified if or when Amazon Flex launches in their area.
The service has been touted as similar to Uber, but for local transport. Interestingly enough, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has talked about the company moving in to similar territory as Amazon Flex.