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Amazon reportedly makes a big investment in delivery startup

A flood of interest among entrepreneurs in Amazon’s delivery startup has prompted the company to accelerate the program’s expansion.

The online giant has placed an order for 20,000 Sprinter vans from Mercedes-Benz, and each vehicle will be painted dark blue and feature Amazon’s signature Prime arrow logo. The deal, which will support Amazon's "Delivery Service Partners" program, eclipses the company's first order of 5,000 vans, according to CNN Money.

The e-retailer’s Delivery Service Partners program helps entrepreneurs build a company focused on delivering Amazon packages. The startup also provides individuals with the technology and operational support needed to manage their own delivery business.

Dave Clark, Amazon's senior VP of worldwide operations, said in the report that “tens of thousands” of potential candidates applied, including veterans, families and a former NFL player that Amazon declined to name.

Amazon expects the program to launch 100 small delivery businesses with thousands of vans up and running by the end of the year. Vans are already on the road in Austin, Texas, and a few hundred are in other parts of the United States, according to CNN Money.

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