Amazon is helping Veterans start their own delivery business

Amazon wants your drive, leadership skills, hustle, and mission-first attitude

Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner program empowers entrepreneurs to build their own small businesses delivering Amazon packages in their local communities. Delivery Service Partners (DSPs) and their drivers are an integral part of what Amazon refers to as the last mile – transporting packages from their delivery stations to their customer’s front door.

DSPs generally grow to have between 40-100 employees and a fleet of delivery vehicles (which Amazon assists with leasing), ensuring packages get delivered safely and on-time. Since launching the program in 2018, Amazon has empowered more than 800 small business owners across the country who have provided jobs for more than 75,000 drivers.

Like many small businesses, operating a DSP business is challenging. In fact, because of these challenges, Amazon is constantly looking for leaders–such as Veterans–because of their drive, leadership skills, hustle, and mission-first attitude. About 1/3 of Amazon’s DSPs are Veterans.

“In the military it is all about the team effort, and it is mission orientated. You’ll do well as a leader as a commander if you are able to bring out the best in people or play to people’s strengths,” said Will Boyd, U.S. Army Veteran and owner of Alpha Zulu Logistics, an Amazon Delivery Service Partner. “Amazon has got logistics figured out – what you can bring to the table is really the people aspect, interacting with people, hiring the people, training them, engaging with them, and bringing them along as safe and effective drivers.”

Click these links to more hear from Air Force Veterans Ron Burnett and Treassia Hall-Cawthon on how they are using their military experience as entrepreneurs.

Delivery Service Partner Program for Veterans

Amazon has committed $5 million toward funding the startup costs for Veterans, offering $10,000 reimbursements to qualified candidates to build their own businesses. DSPs also have access to Amazon technology and resources, which includes hands-on training, on-demand support, and access to branded vans, uniforms, insurance and more. Amazon also provides DSPs with the package volume they need to grow their business while building a great team and managing the operations.

Who is eligible?

All Veterans with a drive to succeed are invited to apply. Logistical experience is not required.

How to apply?

Apply at: amazon.com/DSP-VA

What to expect after applying?

The application process can take as little as one month, depending on your area’s needs. Learn more about the process and regional opportunities at: https://logistics.amazon.com/marketing/getting-started

Original source: Hudak, Tim. “Amazon Is Helping Veterans Start Their Own Delivery Business.” VAntage Point, 27 Apr. 2020,

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