Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner (DSP) programme was created by the tech giant, to help create and support hundreds of small businesses across the UK who have then hired thousands of self-employed delivery drivers to help them deliver parcels to every corner of the nation.
In this article, you will learn more about the programme to help you decide whether becoming your own boss as an Amazon DSP is right for you and get you started on the application process.
What is the Amazon DSP program?
The Amazon Delivery Service Partner (DSP) programme connects a need – Amazon has millions of packages to deliver at all times – with someone who is looking to be a business owner. When you become an Amazon DSP, you receive the advantages of integration with Amazon Logistics’ business expertise.
Amazon began its DSP programme back in 2018, with most DSP owners having now grown to manage 20 to 40 delivery vans, and 40 to 100 delivery drivers, according to Small Business Trends.
Is becoming a DSP right for you?
If you already have a logistics company, transitioning to become an Amazon carrier is easy. All you need to do is click this link, create an account and complete the expression of interest process and Amazon will then get in touch with you directly.
If you are not set up as a parcel delivery company, then you will need to consider the pros and cons of being your own boss and decide whether becoming a business owner is something that suits your individual situation.
The pros and cons of being your own boss / self-employed
- You are in control of your earnings
- You make the decisions
- You set your own hours
- Flexibility and control over your working patterns
- No security of a steady paycheck
- You are in charge of sorting your own accounting
- You have to liaise with HMRC directly and stay compliant
- No employee perks such as sick pay or holiday allowance
What you need to become an Amazon DSP
If you are ready to take the next steps to become a hands-on, dedicated full-time DSP business owner, all you need is experience hiring and developing great teams, startup capital and strong credit history.
Previous business ownership is preferred, but not required.
What the Amazon DSP programme expects of you
- Set up your business
To start as an Amazon DSP, you will need to set up your own limited company. Through Amazon, you will have access to exclusive deals to acquire the assets you need. Amazon has negotiated “flexible lease” options that enable you to lease Amazon-branded vans from a third-party fleet management company
If you already have a fleet, these vehicles must meet the requirements in order to be used. Complete vehicle specification requirements will be shared later in the application process.
- Build your team
The most crucial stage in starting a business is identifying and retaining good drivers who will ensure your operation’s long-term success. Amazon uniforms will be required for your drivers.
- Deliver packages
Each day, your team of delivery drivers will drive 20 to 40 vans. It is not easy serving thousands of customers each day, but the smiles are priceless.
- Establish your team culture
Your can-do attitude guarantees that your company meets Amazon’s high standards and adheres to its customer-centric culture. Encourage your employees to go above and above on every delivery by providing coaching and growth.
- Expand your business
Deliver a constant positive customer experience to increase your chances of attracting more drivers and delivering more packages, which will help you expand your business.
What are the benefits of being an Amazon DSP?
- Help getting started
Receive discounts on Amazon-branded vehicles, comprehensive insurance, handheld devices, and other services and equipment to assist you to get your business ready for delivery.
Amazon offers multi-week training to ensure you’re ready to begin operating, starting off with a one-week induction in its Head Office, followed by being in the field working alongside current business owners and drivers, learning the best tips and tricks. Amazon provides complete training to equip you with everything you need to know to be successful as a DSP. You will also be training and learning with other DSP owners who are in the same position as you.
- Receive an extensive toolbox
Amazon gives you the best tools and technology to manage your business, as well as everyday processes that keep things operating smoothly.
Amazon provides owners with an operations handbook, driver help for on-the-road concerns, and an account manager.
20 years of experience
Amazon has more than 20 years of technological and logistical expertise to help you navigate one of the world’s fastest-growing industries in the world.
Why should you start an Amazon Delivery Service Partner Business?
- It’s easy – Anyone with a good credit rating and £25,000 assets can apply
- Always busy – The constant workload of packages to deliver is secure due to the connection with Amazon.
- The neverending support – Amazon technology, logistics, and training are available to DSP owners.
- Growing industry – You’ll be working with a giant in the competitive delivery industry, the package delivery is constantly expanding!
If you’re interested in becoming a DSP business owner, then here is how you get the ball rolling! The first step you need to do is check if the DSP programme is available near you, create an account and complete an expression of interest form.
To do this visit: https://logistics.amazon.co.uk/marketing/opportunity
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