Amazon Plans to Hire Its Own Fleet of Drivers: Report

Amazon is looking to hire thousands of full-time, seasonal drivers to transport packages, Business Insider reports. The online retail giant previously relied on other delivery services and contractors to provide drivers, but the new initiative follows a “recent push to expand its network of Delivery Service Providers.” Drivers will reportedly have an option of continuing their work after the holiday season, and will qualify for Amazon’s $15 minimum hourly wage. Job postings are reportedly advertising wages at “$16.25 per hour to $17.25 per hour.” According to the website, Amazon also addressed reports of drivers having to urinate in plastic bottles and skip lunch breaks on their delivery routes. In a training last week, the company reportedly told new hires they “didn’t want people peeing in bottles” and told them they had to take lunch breaks.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that the company plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two cities, with 25,000 employees at each location. Amazon is reportedly in “late-stage discussions” about the headquarters with Crystal City in Virginia, Dallas, and New York City.