In a bid to have a eco-friendly environment, Amazon is running a pilot programme for delivering orders via cycle.

The orders under the radius of 3-5 km will be delivered through this mode. The delivery team would be provided with geared bikes to carry packages of up to 7.5 kg per trip.

Started in Mumbai last month, ‘the new delivery mode’ has now expanded to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai. The company is also looking to expand this to more cities in the near future.

Speaking on the development, Samuel Thomas, transportation director at Amazon India said, “Being conscious of the environment we live in, reducing carbon footprint is the need of the hour. We have taken this eco-friendly step by introducing bicycle deliveries, which also helps delivery associates with easier access in congested metro cities.”

However, people aware of compensation levels have doubts about the programme as this could be a loss for them. For instance, a bicycle messenger earns about INR 7,000 to INR 8,500 per month, while on the other hand, motorcycle messengers earns about INR 14,000 per month, which is very less in comparison.

Last year, Flipkart had partnered with the unions of Mumbai Dabbawalas for last mile delivery of the products ordered through the portal.


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