Lyft is now referring drivers to Amazon jobs in a partnership between the two companies on its platform to alleviate financial difficulties by massively reducing the use of hail fighting.
Lyft emailed drivers on Friday about the program that The Verge announced, and encouraged them to apply for roles in Amazon warehouses and as part of the e-commerce company's food and package delivery platforms. Unlike Uber, which operates a food delivery platform, Lyft is currently not delivering meals or food, and its number of drivers has dropped in the past few weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nevertheless, the company announced last week that it would expand its delivery network to deliver test kits, medical care and meals to older and vulnerable populations. According to Lyft, 100,000 drivers have registered for the expansion so far. Lyft has also partnered with eight Medicaid agencies to provide people with access to key medical services such as dialysis appointments, chemotherapy and prenatal care through its platform.
The number of Lyft drivers has dropped massively and drivers need additional income
Amazon is one of the few companies that can still employ people in times of record job losses as demand for its delivery services increases due to city closures and self-isolation and quarantine recommendations across the country. Earlier this month, Amazon announced it would increase the hourly rate by $ 2 by April and hire at least 100,000 new employees to keep pace with the strain on its warehouses and delivery network.
Thanks to the new partnership with Amazon, drivers can register for jobs with the e-commerce giant here, according to Lyft, via a special web portal. The company also recommends that drivers who continue to use their platform buy plastic barriers to seal the vehicle's front seat from the rear seat. The company informs its drivers about their eligibility for benefits under the historic stimulus package, which Congress passed today with a new blog post.
Screenshot from Nick Statt / The Verge
The Amazon program is not limited to contract work through Amazon's Flex package delivery network or the fresh food delivery service. The web portal states that Lyft drivers can find an Amazon job within seven days. The work includes part-time and full-time jobs without "CV or previous work experience required". It includes functions in warehouses, as a Flex driver or through Amazon's delivery partners or as buyers who work in the Whole Foods markets to prepare same-day Amazon deliveries and pickups.
Update March 26, 8:40 p.m. ET: Added information about the Lyft web portal so drivers can apply for Amazon jobs.