Amazon to Disregard Cannabis Use as a Response to Delivery Drive Shortage
by Austin Cline
Spencer Soper from Bloomberg reports that Amazon has come up with a brilliant recruiting strategy: not screening for cannabis.
The corporation has begun advising its delivery partners (those who own the fleets) to advertise their lack of cannabis screening - a move that they believe could lead to a massive boost in applicants.
Without revealing how they came up with the figure, Amazon believes this move could boost interest in delivery driving by 400%.
An interviewed delivery partner says that cannabis was the leading marker of failure in drug tests for the job, but now that they’re only testing for opiates and amphetamines, more of their drivers are passing.
Delivery business owners have recruiting and hiring as their main concern post-lockdown, as Amazon delivery contractors are easily outbid for jobs such as school bus driver, where drivers make at or above $20 an hour, as opposed to Amazon’s $17 an hour average.
This solution comes as Amazon is slow to raise wages for delivery drivers, as they’d have to subsequently pay their delivery partners more, which tends to be Amazon’s last resort.