It’s that time of year. Online retailers’ businesses are booming. Packages are flying out of the warehouses. And deliveries are, inevitably, going to be delayed. That’s why the big guys like Amazon, DHL and Whole Foods are calling in independent delivery services to help pick up the slack. For example, as an Amazon Delivery Service Partner, you can operate with 20-40 vans and have the potential to earn between $75k-$300k annually.
Whether you’re tossing around the idea of becoming an independent delivery service with your own clients or becoming a contractor for a larger online retailer, there’s a good amount of logistics that are involved. No one turns into UPS, FedEx and the USPS overnight. You’ll need to hire and train a team of drivers, and it’s important to continuously coach your team to ensure success. You will also probably want to look into adopting a fleet card service. While there are several choices available, many are credit-based and charge a percentage fee calculated on the charge volume, which can get expensive.
Even better, considering an expense management platform can give you the ability to fully control spending, eliminate reimbursements and manage cash flow. Fuel purchases, vehicle maintenance and repairs can all be taken care of instantly with a simple click to fund cards in real-time, which is much less complex than using petty cash and requiring receipt submissions from cardholders.
See how PEX can help you easily manage and monitor the costs associated with being an independent delivery service, so you can spend your time looking for ways to bring those costs down.