As of the moment of press, certain U.S. markets are offered the Amazon Home Services program, which links customers with third-party contractors and companies for items bought on Amazon. In other words, once you buy a piece of furniture or bigger appliance, and take delivery of it, you must schedule a different appointment to have it assembled or installed.
That part could soon be performed by the Amazon driver, the report notes. The same driver will be tasked with repacking whatever item is deemed not satisfactory for the client, and returning it to Amazon, which should cut down delivery / return times, as well as expenses for the company.
On the other hand, this means that the drivers will have to be trained in putting together furniture and assembly of big appliances, like washing machines and dishwashers. This also means longer working hours, more difficult work, and running a greater risk of injury.
At the end of March, a damning report brought up again the issue of unpaid overtime, difficult work conditions, and the stressful and dangerous work environment of the drivers. To add insult to injury, drivers will often be forced to urinate in bottles because they have no bathroom access. Amazon denied this; however, for the record, it slightly walked back on the denial, saying inconveniences of this type do occasionally happen.
1/2 You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us. The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and health care from day one.— Amazon News (@amazonnews) March 25, 2021