Ama­zon tests Uber-like ser­vice for its one-hour Prime Now car de­liv­er­ies

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Ama­zon is test­ing an Uber-like ser­vice for de­liv­er­ing its one-hour Prime Now pack­ages that will en­list peo­ple to de­liver pack­ages for Ama­zon with their own cars.

In or­der to of­fer the speedy de­liv­er­ies Ama­zon will pay driv­ers US$18 to US$25 an hour via its new Ama­zon Flex pro­gram. The move comes be­fore the bustlingly busy Novem­ber and De­cem­ber hol­i­day shop­ping pe­riod.

And it comes as startup on-de­mand de­liv­ery ser­vices such as Post­mates and Shyp pro­lif­er­ate. Ride-shar­ing ser­vice Uber it­self has been rolling out a food de­liv­ery ser­vice UberEats. US$606 mil­lion to New Hope Group, as slow­ing de­mand from China hits com­mod­ity prices hard.

Rio said it had reached an agree­ment to sell its 40 per­cent stake in Ben­galla mine, some 250 kilo­me­ters (155 miles) north of Syd­ney, to Aus­tralian-listed New Hope, part of as­set di­vest­ments to­tal­ing US$4.5 bil­lion since Jan­uary 2013.

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