Amazon Prime members who have placed orders for same-day delivery recently may have noticed something odd about the people delivering the package.
They aren’t in uniform and they’re driving up in unmarked cars of all makes and models.
The explanation? They most likely drive for Amazon Flex, a delivery service similar to Uber or Lyft but for packages.
Amazon says Flex drivers are vetted through a multistate background check and a review of vehicle records.
The drivers are independent contractors, which doesn’t thrill traditional delivery drivers. The Teamsters union, which represents UPS drivers, feels that the contractor label is creating a lower tier of the delivery industry, said spokeswoman Kara Deniz.
Amazon and other e-commerce businesses are “experimenting with these alternative delivery models that we feel undermine the standards” the union has fought for, such as retirement security and benefits, she said. Sacramento Bee