Alexa Makes It Easier Than Ever To Make Money as an Amazon Driver (up to $25,000 This Month)

The online commerce giant has even revolutionized how to give tips to drivers.
Updated July 18, 2024
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The holiday season is a time for festive decorations and gift-giving and a moment to express gratitude. Amazon, a giant in the world of online retail, has found a unique and groundbreaking way to foster appreciation for the unsung heroes of the holiday season — the Amazon delivery drivers. While many of us focus on the consumer side of Amazon, ordering gifts and eagerly awaiting their arrival, the company has introduced a game-changing initiative that empowers customers to tip their Amazon drivers with just a simple "thank you." Each driver could earn $25,000 by the end of the year. 

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Alexa, thank my driver

This innovative program, initiated in 2022 made a return for the 2023 holiday season and allowed customers to extend their gratitude to delivery drivers effortlessly. The mechanics are simple: customers can say "Alexa, thank my driver" on their Amazon Alexa device or search "thank my driver" on Amazon's website or the Amazon mobile shopping app. The driver who recently completed the customer's delivery will be notified of the appreciation.

What sets this program apart is not just the act of expressing thanks but the tangible $5 tip accompanying it. The first 2 million thank-yous came with a $5 tip for the driver, and Amazon covered this cost, making it a generous and meaningful gesture that doesn't dent the customer's pocket. However, the thank yous that Amazon covered were already gone as of Thursday. 

The ease with which customers can participate in this program is a game-changer. The integration with Alexa, one of Amazon's flagship technologies, streamlines the process, making it as simple as uttering a few words of gratitude. Additionally, using Amazon's website or mobile app provides flexibility for those who prefer a more hands-on approach.

Help your driver earn up to $25,000 in bonuses in December

The company is now offering additional rewards to drivers since the 2 million thank you bonuses went so quickly. The 1,000 most thanked drivers throughout the day, each day through the end of December, will receive a $100 bonus. Then, each week the five top-ranked drivers will each receive $10,000. 

Finally, the five most thanked drivers from December 12th to December 31st will each receive $25,000 plus an additional $25,000 will be donated to the charity of their choice. That's a lot of opportunity to earn more as a driver this month!

Gratitude for drivers all year

The impact of this initiative extends beyond the holiday season. Even now after the initial 2 million thank-yous and $5 tips have been distributed, customers can continue to express their gratitude year-round. The drivers, in turn, can see the cumulative count of times they've been thanked within their app, creating an ongoing cycle of appreciation.

This move by Amazon benefits the drivers financially and adds a personal touch to the often transactional relationship between customers and delivery personnel. A simple "thank you" can go a long way in boosting morale and creating a positive working environment for the drivers who play a crucial role in ensuring packages reach their destinations safely and on time.

Future job opportunities for Amazon drivers

As we delve into the groundbreaking aspect of this initiative, it's worth exploring the potential job opportunities and financial benefits it opens for Amazon drivers. Beyond the standard compensation, the ability to earn tips directly from customers adds a new dimension to the earning potential of delivery drivers. The ease of tipping — a voice command or a quick search — may significantly increase the frequency of tipping, especially if customers find it convenient and hassle-free.

Data on the willingness of customers to tip Amazon drivers would be a valuable addition to the discussion. If the tipping process is streamlined and doesn't require logging in or navigating through complex procedures, it could influence more customers to participate.

How to maximize the ability to earn tips can be valuable to the conversation. Delivery drivers could benefit from guidance practices that enhance customer satisfaction, such as finding secure and inconspicuous spots to leave packages. Strategies for efficient and friendly customer interactions, even if brief, could contribute to a positive customer experience, increasing the likelihood of receiving tips.

Bottom line

Amazon's holiday tipping program represents a paradigm shift in how customers express appreciation for delivery drivers. The seamless integration with Alexa, coupled with the tangible $5 tip, creates a novel approach to recognizing the hard work of those ensuring our packages reach us during the festive season. 

This initiative benefits drivers financially and elevates the customer-driver relationship to a more personal and appreciative level. As we embrace the spirit of giving during the holidays, a simple "thank you" becomes a meaningful gesture that resonates beyond the transactional nature of online shopping.

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Author Details

Georgina Tzanetos Georgina Tzanetos is a former financial advisor who has been active in financial media for the past six years. She holds a master's in political economy from NYU, where she studied distressed labor markets.