Amazon Japan Launches Delivery Initiative with Local Businesses

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--Amazon Japan G.K. said Monday that it has launched a new initiative to offer delivery jobs to local businesses such as "izakaya" Japanese-style pub operators and newspaper delivery service operators.

The initiative is aimed at meeting growing delivery demand and also allows local business operators to earn extra income by using their free time.

The initiative is available in nine prefectures--Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi and Fukuoka. It may be expanded into other prefectures in the country.

Local partners will deliver products to Amazon customers up to 2 kilometers from their bases for compensation based on the number of packages they deliver.

The Japanese unit of U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. will decide delivery partners chiefly based on delivery efficiency. Amazon customers cannot choose delivery operators.

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