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Amazon tests allowing independent contractors to use personal vehicles for deliveries
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Amazon is testing a new delivery system composed of independent contractors delivering locally purchased goods directly from third party vendors to consumers.
Amazon's "flex drivers" will operate comparably with other contracted driver businesses such as Uber and DoorDash. Amazon delivery drivers will be allowed to use their own vehicle and their drop-offs directly to the consumer.
Amazon is running tests via pilot programs in Nevada, Virginia and Arizona. Flex drivers already transport groceries and other goods available through Amazon Fresh.
"We have been delivering from third-party stores for years. This is just another way we are able to connect Amazon sellers with customers via convenient delivery options," Amazon spokesperson Lauren Samaha told FOX Television Stations.
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Meanwhile, the country's most ubiquitous direct delivery contracting company is walking back its number of drivers.