Amazon Relay Workers Comp requirement

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by rch10007, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. jbgrim72

    jbgrim72 Bobtail Member

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    Solo you don't need it but you can get an occupational health policy for less. Most guys you see with Amazon drives for someone else
     
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  3. Mr.Zacharias

    Mr.Zacharias Bobtail Member

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    I've been hauling amazon Relay for about 4 months, exclusively. It's not for everyone, But here are a few reasons I use them instead of a broker.
    1. Drop & Hook ( Live loads are available but I haven't seen it be lucrative enough to waste time on)
    2. The app, and the check in/ checkout process is nearly seamless. I don't have to deal with crabby shippers/receivers and get ignored in a dock door for hours on end.
    3. Our team truck grossed nearly $50 thousand dollars in 1 months time. Added a second solo truck and it's doing well, too.
    We don't haul anything for less than $2/mile. No, its not the highest rate but it's not the lowest I've seen owner ops take, either. I'm not saying Amazon doesn't lower rates because they do, but I don't have to take every load they throw on there, just the ones I find worth our time.
    I suppose it's a matter of perception. There's always going to be jaded folks out there mad about something that happened. Gotta move on and make tomorrow better than today!
     
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  4. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Stay away from amazon unless you like 1.30-1.70mi. Bout the same as container money when you crunch the numbers, just less wear and tear compared to the ports. When you see all the pier rats switching to Amazon it should tell you one thing. Run as far and fast as possible. It's a lateral move for those guys switching from cans to amz. Same junk, diff wagon

    This is what i see in NJ region so can't comment on other areas
     
  5. rch10007

    rch10007 Medium Load Member

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    I couldn’t figure out how to upload a pic but I can show proof of making 7k on 3100 miles just 2 weeks ago. I took last week off. I made 2200 this weekend.

    If you can’t work Amazon, then don’t. It’s a finicky system and you have to learn how to work within it. Amazon doesn’t give you anything...including training. However, every driver has a unique style and wants to drive a certain way. If you’ve found your way, congrats! But please, stop ####ting on everyone else because you don’t like something. Maybe you don’t have access to the same loads that other folks do.

    FYI...I didn’t need to get workers comp for solo driving.
     

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  6. Oscar the KW

    Oscar the KW Going Tarpless

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    If you asked Amazon, what did they say? If it wasn’t what you wanted to hear and you posted here to hopefully get the answer you wanted what was your next move going to be? Call them back and say some guy on the internet said I didn’t need it?

    Also, when you post something on the internet you will get replies that you don’t want. If you can’t handle that, maybe posting on the internet isn’t for you.
     
  7. rch10007

    rch10007 Medium Load Member

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    I posted here because this forum used to be full of guys and gals that helped one another...not so much now it seems.

    FYI Oscar, if you didn’t like what was posted, keep scrolling...no need to reply. Take your own advice.
     
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  8. dballi0

    dballi0 Bobtail Member

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    Did you have to do anything special for the workers comp exemption or do they automatically know since it’s only 1 truck?
     
  9. Lucky12

    Lucky12 Medium Load Member

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    I always get a good chuckle when I drive by an Amazon warehouse at delivery hour (or whatever causes this zoo) and see Amazon trucks lined up like they are waiting in line to park for an NFL game or something. I dunno if that is a regular feature of working for them but sometimes seeing what appears to be hundreds of trucks lined up waiting to get into the warehouse I'm like WTF...

    (Just piling on since this has become the bag on Amazon thread)
     
  10. rch10007

    rch10007 Medium Load Member

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    They knew I guess...I was never asked to provide it.
     
  11. dballi0

    dballi0 Bobtail Member

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    Good deal. Thank you for your time, sir!
     
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