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Amazon Pays Employees to Start Businesses

亚马逊资助员工创业

The U.S.-based business Amazon is often called a technology company. But many people know the company best for all the products it sells on the internet.

总部位于美国的亚马逊企业通常被称为技术公司,但很多人知道该公司是因为它在互联网上销售的所有产品。

Amazon’s website offers everything from jewelry and electronics to health and beauty care products.

亚马逊网站提供从珠宝、电子产品到保健、化妆品等各种商品。

Now, Amazon is looking for ways to ship its products faster to buyers across the United States. It is trying to speed up product delivery times. To do that, the company announced a plan Monday: to pay its employees to give up their job and help them start a business delivering Amazon packages.

现在,亚马逊正在寻找方法将产品更快地运输给全美国的买家,正在努力加快产品投递时间。为了这一目标,公司周一宣布了一项计划:资助员工辞职转而去创业,来投递亚马逊网站的包裹。

The offer comes as the company tries to decrease its shipping times for Amazon Prime members. The goal is to deliver goods to Prime members in one day.

该公司试图减少亚马逊主要会员的发货时间,目标是让主要会员在一天内收到货物。

Amazon says it will pay up to $10,000 in costs for employees who are accepted into the new delivery program.

亚马逊表示,对于接受新交付计划的员工,它将支付高达10,000美元的费用。

Once accepted, Amazon says it will pay the former employees what amounts to three months of their former wages.

亚马逊表示,新计划一旦被接受,它将向前雇员支付相当于前三个月工资的费用。

The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including those working in warehouses and other places where products are stored.

亚马逊的大部分兼职和全职员工,包括那些在仓库和其他存放产品的地方工作的员工,都可以享受这一优惠。

The company, based in Seattle, Washington, did not say how many employees it expects to take them up on the offer.

总部位于华盛顿州西雅图的该公司没有说明它预计会接受多少名员工。

The new announcement is part of a program Amazon started a year ago. That program lets anyone offer to launch an independent Amazon delivery business.

这项新的公告是亚马逊一年前启动的一个项目的一部分,该项目允许任何人主动提供独立的亚马逊送货业务。

John Felton is Amazon’s vice president of global delivery services. He said that more than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since the company launched the program in June of 2018.

约翰·费尔顿是亚马逊负责全球快递服务的副总裁,他说,亚马逊自2018年6月推出该项目以来,已经创建了200多家快递公司。

Milton Collier heads one of the delivery services. He started the business in Atlanta, Georgia about eight months ago. Since then, it has grown to include 50 vehicles and about 120 employees.

米尔顿·科利尔是其中一家快递公司的负责人。大约八个月前,他在佐治亚州的亚特兰大创办了这家公司。从那时起,它已经发展到包括50辆汽车和大约120名雇员的规模。

Collier says his business is already preparing for the one-day shipping goal by looking for more workers.

科利尔说,他的公司已经在为一天的航运目标做准备,方法是寻找更多的工人。

“We’re ready,” said Collier.

科利尔说:“我们准备好了。”

I'm John Russell.

约翰·罗素报道。

 

Amazon Pays Employees to Start Businesses

The U.S.-based business Amazon is often called a technology company. But many people know the company best for all the products it sells on the internet.

Amazon’s website offers everything from jewelry and electronics to health and beauty care products.

Now, Amazon is looking for ways to ship its products faster to buyers across the United States. It is trying to speed up product delivery times. To do that, the company announced a plan Monday: to pay its employees to give up their job and help them start a business delivering Amazon packages.

The offer comes as the company tries to decrease its shipping times for Amazon Prime members. The goal is to deliver goods to Prime members in one day.

Amazon says it will pay up to $10,000 in costs for employees who are accepted into the new delivery program.

Once accepted, Amazon says it will pay the former employees what amounts to three months of their former wages.

The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including those working in warehouses and other places where products are stored.

The company, based in Seattle, Washington, did not say how many employees it expects to take them up on the offer.

The new announcement is part of a program Amazon started a year ago. That program lets anyone offer to launch an independent Amazon delivery business.

John Felton is Amazon’s vice president of global delivery services. He said that more than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since the company launched the program in June of 2018.

Milton Collier heads one of the delivery services. He started the business in Atlanta, Georgia about eight months ago. Since then, it has grown to include 50 vehicles and about 120 employees.

Collier says his business is already preparing for the one-day shipping goal by looking for more workers.

“We’re ready,” said Collier.

I'm John Russell.

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Words in This Story

delivery -n. the act of taking something to a person or place

global – adj. of or related to the whole world; worldwide


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