[ti:Amazon Pays Employees to Start Businesses] [by:蜗蜗牛小游戏网 www.liandama.cn] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问www.liandama.cn [00:01.88]The U.S.-based business Amazon is often called a technology company. [00:09.16]But many people know the company best [00:12.48]for all the products it sells on the internet. [00:17.48]Amazon's website offers everything from jewelry and electronics [00:23.68]to health and beauty care products. [00:27.04]Now, Amazon is looking for ways to ship its products [00:32.76]faster to buyers across the United States. [00:37.36]It is trying to speed up product delivery times. [00:42.36]To do that, the company announced a plan Monday: [00:46.96]to pay its employees to give up their job [00:50.72]and help them start a business delivering Amazon packages. [00:56.40]The offer comes as the company tries to decrease its [01:01.12]shipping times for Amazon Prime members. [01:05.84]The goal is to deliver goods to Prime members in one day. [01:12.16]Amazon says it will pay up to $10,000 in costs [01:18.00]for employees who are accepted into the new delivery program. [01:24.20]Once accepted, Amazon says it will pay the former employees [01:29.68]what amounts to three months of their former wages. [01:34.48]The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, [01:41.08]including those working in warehouses [01:44.40]and other places where products are stored. [01:48.36]The company, based in Seattle, Washington, [01:52.36]did not say how many employees it expects to take them up on the offer. [01:59.36]The new announcement is part of a program Amazon started a year ago. [02:06.04]That program lets anyone offer to launch an independent Amazon delivery business. [02:13.80]John Felton is Amazon's vice president of global delivery services. [02:20.96]He said that more than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created [02:27.28]since the company launched the program in June of 2018. [02:34.16]Milton Collier heads one of the delivery services. [02:40.20]He started the business in Atlanta, Georgia about eight months ago. [02:46.80]Since then, it has grown to include 50 vehicles and about 120 employees. [02:55.72]Collier says his business is already preparing [02:59.66]for the one-day shipping goal by looking for more workers. [03:05.28]"We're ready," said Collier. [03:08.76]I'm John Russell. 更多听力请访问www.liandama.cn