Amazon has announced on its Tuesday a unique grant that will allow entrepreneurs from communities that are underrepresented to sign up for the company’s Delivery Service Partner (DSP) programme in India
In an effort to encourage inclusiveness, the e-commerce giant will assist entrepreneurs who are looking in starting their own delivery business by providing them with the access Amazon’s delivery services with hands-on training and exclusive agreements for services such as insurance, payroll management and technology for recruiting,among others.
Amazon aims to enable aspiring entrepreneurs–women, persons with disability, and people from the LGBTQIA+ community–with financial support to cover some of their business set-up costs. Anyone who has no prior experience in logistics can also submit an application for the grants and take part in the program Amazon said.
Since it’s beginning at the beginning of India in 2021 the DSP program has not just helped Amazon in giving growth opportunities for SMBs and small-scale businesses, but it also has allowed the company to grow its delivery service to the hinterlands of India. We are thrilled to offer an additional grant to women and other marginalized communities who are enrolled in the program to further develop the ecosystem of entrepreneurship in logistics, says Karuna Shankar Pande, Director of Amazon Logistics, India.
Amazon’s goal is to become the most customer-focused company on earth and this is the foundation of our efforts in equity, diversity, inclusiveness, She adds.
Presently, Amazon India has over 350 entrepreneurs who are part of the program. The DSP program is offered in more than 14 countries which include countries like the US, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium and Austria as well as the world’s largest network that includes over 1,000 delivery points.
Rachna Kher the Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner from Pune she stated, The journey from corporate sector to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the Amazon Delivery Service partner has proved to be a rewarding journey for me. In 2018, I began this adventure with my partner in business Priya Junagade was not easy but we made the decision to go after our dreams and dream big. our goals. As part of the program, Amazon has provided us with all the information, knowledge and expertise to help us build an enduring business foundation.
In the world, Amazon has committed nearly $7 million to help hundreds of entrepreneurs with its different grant programs. In the year 2019, the online giant introduced the Military Veteran Employment program, where it collaborated together with Office of the DGR and the Army Welfare Placement Organisation (AWPO) to create alternative job opportunities for families of military.