Since the first one and two hour delivery hub opened in Seattle last year, Amazon has been expanding the service like mad. Many new cities have come online offering speedy delivery for customers, as well as new job opportunities for independent contractors. On the surface it seems like a win for everyone involved, the company, … Continue reading Flex Driver Support and How to Deal With It
Big Day Coming On Tuesday the 12th?
Just a quick reminder about Amazon Prime day coming up Tuesday, July 12th. If you aren't already scheduled, I think there will be lots of chances to pick up blocks throughout the day and night. In anticipation of much higher delivery volumes, the company has even offered a little kicker in the pay per block. It may not be much, … Continue reading Big Day Coming On Tuesday the 12th?
The Future of Work: How Amazon Flex, Among Others, Can Lead to More Freedom
I used to think when someone told me they were an independent contractor it was just a fancy way of saying, I'm unemployed. But now I believe that independent contractor jobs are the future of work. Whether it's delivering for Amazon Flex, Forkable, Instacart or driving for Uber or Lyft, it is my opinion that any … Continue reading The Future of Work: How Amazon Flex, Among Others, Can Lead to More Freedom
Amazon Flex App Updates (The Not So Good)
I admit, I've been a little lazy getting the new screen shots posted since recent app updates. As most know, the new "money" screen no longer says Ready To Deliver, it now reads, Schedule Open Blocks. There is also a slight wording update to the No Delivery Blocks screen, but that's really not a big deal. Actually neither items … Continue reading Amazon Flex App Updates (The Not So Good)
The Overly Ambitious Route
Due to whatever reasons, the warehouse staff seems to think that we as delivery drivers can time travel. I say this because on more than one occasion I have left with my deliveries 25 minutes past the beginning of the block and noticed that my delivery slip estimates my total route time as 130 minutes. … Continue reading The Overly Ambitious Route
I have gotten a couple of emails from people either waiting to be onboarded or just wondering if they should even go through the process of signing up to become a driver. The root of each question being, how much money can I or will I make? As noted before, I can't tell you how … Continue reading Talking Turkey
Using Alternative Apps
This post is for current drivers on a shift who have had some difficulty with the navigation aspect of the Amazon Flex App. For the time being there are definitely some bugs, so just be aware that things can and will go awry. Definitely submit feedback on issues you have while delivering. Let them know … Continue reading Using Alternative Apps
No Delivery Blocks…
So your first few weeks were busy. Maybe you were scheduled for two different blocks totaling about 12 hours and then you picked up a couple of shifts when you got the push notifications. Easy right? Well...the next schedule comes out and you are competing with 180 other drivers to get a limited amount of … Continue reading No Delivery Blocks…
Goes Without Saying, Or Does It?
Before I move on I feel like I need to state the following. A lot of these tips and tricks depend on one thing...YOU! That's it. You are the only one that can make them work for you. You are the only one that can adjust them to make them work even better. It will … Continue reading Goes Without Saying, Or Does It?
Flex Driving, After Onboarding
Alright! You've done the online orientation. Passed the background checks. And you just received notification that you can now enter your available times on the App's Calendar. Exciting! Although you may think the shifts will begin rolling in, that's not always the case. Unless you happen to be in a new location that's just starting … Continue reading Flex Driving, After Onboarding