Amazon helps Saudi entrepreneurs build logistics start-ups

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  • Saudi Arabia is the first country to roll out the program which will later expand to cover the MENA region
  • Initiative will result in 30 new start-ups and hundreds of job opportunities created in the first three years

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Amazon today announced the launch of the latest version of its global delivery service partner program which allows local entrepreneurs to start and run their own logistics businesses delivering Amazon parcels. Saudi Arabia is the first country in the region to host the flagship program, which will be expanded to cover the MENA region at a later stage. Launched in collaboration with Monsha’at – the General Authority for SMEs, it aims to establish more than 30 new local start-ups and create hundreds of job opportunities in the local logistics sector over the three early years of the program.

The Delivery Service Partner program was announced at a ceremony held at Monsha’at headquarters in Riyadh and attended by the Authority’s Governor, Eng. Saleh Al-Rasheed and Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon MENA.

Saudi entrepreneurs who join the Delivery Service Partner program can enjoy a variety of benefits, including specific delivery volume from Amazon, access to the company’s sophisticated delivery technology, hands-on training, and discounts on a suite of software. assets and services such as Amazon-branded vehicles, branded uniforms and comprehensive insurance.

Last March, Amazon signed a memorandum of understanding with Monsha’at to empower local seller SMEs. Amazon’s new initiative to support logistics start-ups further aligns with Monsha’at’s vision to incentivize and invest in SMEs. As the program grows, it will create hundreds of logistics jobs across the country, supporting Saudi Arabia’s booming e-commerce sector and developing local talent with ready skills. for the future.

Speaking about Amazon’s new initiative, Governor of Monsha’at, Eng. Saleh Al-Rasheed, said: “Small and medium enterprises are a key contributor to the national economy, and we at Monsha’at are committed to supporting and enabling this vital sector through several public programs, agreements and partnerships. -private. This initiative by Amazon clearly reflects this spirit of cooperation and represents a key outcome of the agreements signed during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), organized by Monsha’at in cooperation with the Global Entrepreneurship Network. We look forward to this ambitious program achieving its goal of supporting the entrepreneurial environment in the Kingdom and becoming a leading model for public-private sector partnerships.

Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon MENA, said, “Saudi entrepreneurs inspire us with their vision, courage, and ingenuity as they set new benchmarks for customer-centric thinking every day. At Amazon, we reiterate our commitment to championing SMBs across the region. With our new Delivery Service Partner program, we provide the tools, technology and know-how to any interested Saudi entrepreneur to start and run their own logistics business. Through this initiative, we aim to empower enterprising innovators, enable start-ups and emerging brands across the Kingdom to realize their full potential, and contribute to Saudi Arabia’s strong and fast-growing digital economy. .

Amazon will take an active role in partnering with every entrepreneur, helping to minimize start-up costs by ensuring the most favorable terms for the resources needed to run a delivery business.

The first entrepreneur to join the Delivery Service Partner program, Sahal Shuaib, said, “With the rise of e-commerce in recent years, I had dreamed of getting into the logistics industry for some time, but I couldn’t. I didn’t have the experience or the know-how. When Amazon launched the Delivery Service Partner program, I realized that my dream was coming true, as the program gave me access to global logistics experience and technology. from Amazon. It’s a great opportunity to learn while earning and growing my own business. I’m proud to say that we made our first deliveries to Saudi customers last week. With a specific delivery volume of Amazon and access to its sophisticated tools and assets, the Delivery Service Partner Program is an exceptional way for aspiring entrepreneurs to build a thriving business.

Any motivated individual with no prior experience in delivery services can aspire to join the Delivery Service Partner program. Self-directed Saudi nationals with 5-10 years of work experience delivering results in operational roles such as event management, operations, construction and crews, as well as workers who wish to start their own delivery to Saudi Arabia can apply for the program through the following link www.amazon.sa/DSP.

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