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Amazon Looks to Use More Contractors for Grocery Delivery

  • Move may help e-commerce giant control cost of hourly workers
  • Program could help company respond quicker to demand spikes Inc. Prime Deliveries As Workers Demand Better Pay
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Inc. is experimenting with a new program that pays independent contractors to fetch groceries from shelves in Whole Foods stores and deliver them in their own vehicles.

The move may reduce the online retail giant’s reliance on employees who are eligible for medical insurance, sick pay and other benefits.