Amazon Delivery Partners Claim 'Treated Like Robots' By Algorithms – Bloomberg

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Small delivery firms lured by the prospect of making $300,000 a year say Amazon’s algorithms make it hard to survive—let alone prosper. 
Amazon invited would-be entrepreneurs to start their own company delivering packages for the world’s largest online retailer. 
Three years ago, Amazon.com Inc. issued an invitation that seemed too good to pass up: Start your own company and earn as much as $300,000 a year delivering packages for the world’s largest online retailer.
The offer had strong appeal for would-be entrepreneurs. With an upfront investment of as little as $10,000, these new “delivery service partners” could have a fleet on the road in weeks. Amazon pledged to use its negotiating power to help the fledgling companies get better deals on vehicle insurance, classified ads and leases for its signature blue vans. Tens of thousands of people applied, eager to draft off of Amazon’s seemingly unstoppable growth. Today some 2,500 of these small businesses—captained by military vets, construction contractors, retired college professors—employ more than 150,000 drivers in the U.S. and around the world. 

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