How will it be for Amazon to deliver the second-largest market.

MANNHEIM, Germany (Reuters) – a half-hour, with 50 delivery vans, front at Amazon’s distribution center in Mannheim, Germany, and sweep, with a maximum of 200 packets and a detailed delivery plan with each other.

FILE PHOTO: the exterior of an Amazon logistics center in Mannheim, Germany, on September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo

The tightly-choreographed morning, and the operation is designed to maximize speed and to minimize the costs, terms, and conditions for, the success of Amazon’s rapid expansion in the world’s largest international market.

But the companies who hire the delivery as to say that the drivers are finding it is getting harder and harder.

Jennifer Was running a small logistics company, who have recently completed a contract for the delivery of packages for Amazon, in the city of Bochum (germany). An Iraqi living in Germany since 2001, he has been struggling to find that about 50 to 60 new drivers.

A lot of migrant families to calculate, they get more benefits than the average of 1600 euros per month Was to be able to pay, ” he said. “They’ll think, why bother working in such a demanding job, and if it’s not going to take advantage of them financially.”

With the increase of the salaries would help to attract more drivers, Ahmad said, “at the current rates that we have, it is not possible to resolve this issue.”

Amazon sends out nearly one-third of the 1.4 billion parcels delivered to private customers in Germany every year, said Horst Manner-Romberg, director of a logistics consultancy, MDU. He estimated that the service sector in general, is short of as many as 9,000 of the drivers.

In Munich, where Amazon launched its own delivery service for Germany in 2015, has just started with the hiring of drivers right away. An Amazon spokeswoman said that there was usually a shortage of drivers in the city during the Christmas shopping peak.

Bernd Gschaider, Germany, managing director for Amazon Logistics, which relates to deliveries from the distribution center, denied there was a shortage of truck drivers in Germany. “Of course, we have to compete for the best workers, as in many other areas, but we believe that we have to offer our drivers and our partners, are a good package,” he said.


Several of the drivers who are now or have in the past been in the service of the contractors, told Reuters, working conditions were difficult.

“In the days, it was a hard hard labor, in every sense of the word,” said one of them, Courtesy Hardan, a 35-year-old father of four from Syria, who spent seven months in the delivery of packets to a sub-contractor to drive to the Amazon, until he retired in May.

The days were as long as 12 hours, some truck drivers say, because there is no way they can do a lot of the packages in a standard eight-hour shift. A couple of the drivers said that they had to go to the depot before they leave and return undelivered packages.

“You have to have a 180 stop 180 and the car is up to 180 times, you have to find a parking space, a 180-time to knock it on the client, sometimes they are, sometimes they don’t,” Hardan said, declining to name the contractor who hired him.

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Amazon says that the designs are difficult to fit into a regular shift key, and that the contractors need to bring in relief drivers, when they find out that they will not be able to deliver it within the time limit.

Yves Delmas, chief operating officer, Europe, for a parcel delivery company, DPD, is owned by the French La Poste, noted that DPD has been the turnover of staff is as much as 40 per cent in Germany. “Home delivery will become more and more expensive,” he said.

The other two major logistics companies in Germany, both of which contribute to the Amazon, Deutsche Post-DHL (DPWGn.DE and Hermes – both of which were in the prices for package delivery in the past year, with an indication of the need to pay more to attract drivers.


Melanie Kreis, head of finance of Deutsche Post DHL, recently said that the mere supply of employees willing to work for a German minimum wage of 9.19 euros ($10.24 per hour. DHL will pay to the employee a driver’s for at least 13.37 per hour.

Amazon said it will pay drivers, who started in the service, is directly in Munich, 12.80 per hour. Reuters did not have to interview all the drivers are working directly for the Amazon.

Hermes plans to increase the package of compensations to the contractors so that they are able to hike hourly wage of 12 € to 9,50€.

“Shortage of staff is a major challenge,” an Hermes spokeswoman said. “We are convinced that it is the responsibility of the parcel couriers will need to be financially attractive.”

A law is expected to pass at the end of the year, by the companies who are responsible for ensuring that their contractors have to pay social security contributions for their employees.

She falls in love Falter, a labor expert with the German law firm CMS, said the companies will have to hire controllers to make sure that their contractors have to make these payments, to pay its employees properly and adhering to the working time regulations.

“The changes will result in significant additional costs that would be borne by the e-commerce company or by the customer by way of higher prices,” Hitch said.

Amazon’s Gschaider said that the auditors already carry out checks to ensure contractors are in compliance with the working time, as well as other rules, so that the changes will have no effect on the operation of its business.

The company’s sales in Germany grew by 17% in 2018 and almost $20 billion, or 9% of the total number in the group.

Overall, Amazon missed analyst expectations for its profit for the first time in two years in July as it ramps up spending on a one-day supply, and the private network.

FILE PHOTO: Courtesy Hardan was pictured in Mannheim, Germany, on September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Amazon is reporting third quarter results on Oct. 24, with analysts forecasting a decline in earnings per share to $4.60 from $ 5.75 a year ago, Refinitiv data show.

The online retail giant is planning to nearly double the number of sales in Germany this year, on the 24th, and the opening of a new warehouse, which employees a total of more than 20,000, in more than 35 sites.

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