How Much Should You Tip Amazon Prime Now Driver?

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11 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    I believe you should not tip people who work for large corporations because you provide an incentive and people will accept lower paying job in hopes to earn tips so at the end of the day, you tipping corporation.

    • cmckissack says:

      Hi Alex, thank you for your comment. There is only one way to test that theory and that is for all tipping to stop. That will never happen. One way to test your theory, is to work as a gig economy contractor and refuse or give all tips to charity then see if your business income is enough to live on.

  2. Chelsea Malia Ponzo says:

    I just read that the prime now delivery drivers are not allowed to accept cash tips. What i am doing is leaving a smaller tip online when i order and upon food arriving you can change the tip based on good service for up to 24 hours.

  3. Alex says:

    So the grocery shopper and the person who deliver it are not the same person is that correct? If that is the case how do we tip both?

    • cmckissack says:

      That is correct; in Amazon’s case for Whole Foods grocery delivery, the person who delivers your food is an independent contractor and does not provide shopping services. As well as Walmart and Kroger delivery. Walmart and Kroger employees shop your groceries, and companies like Door Dash, Postmates, or Shipt deliver them – but that person is still an independent delivery person.

  4. cmckissack says:

    For Amazon Prime (Whole Foods), the shopper and delivery person are not the same. For Instacart the shopper and delivery person are the same, Shipt also has a shopper and delivery person, but if you order straight from Walmart or Kroger – the delivery person is not the shopper.

  5. me says:

    I tip shoppers but not drivers. Why tip the driver? Whole foods should be paying for that, not me, if delivery is indeed supposed to be included.

    • cmckissack says:

      Why tip the driver? I was a driver and shopper for some weeks to experience gig-economy life. That’s why I tip the driver because I am acutely aware of the earnings and how hard it is to make a living. However, you don’t have to tip at all. It’s absolutely your choice. Eventually, that personal service will be replaced with mass deliveries and less human touch – but for now, I believe in tipping and understand how it helps the bottom line.

  6. Martin Yonan says:

    I am a prime member so shipping is free and I get deliveries free of charge , Why is Whole Foods any different , are they drivers with their own cars or that prime truck

    • cmckissack says:

      Whole Foods – or Amazon Now/Fresh type deliveries are slightly different than receiving packages via Amazon Prime. When ordering fresh food from Amazon ( the delivery person is probably contracted to pick up the food from Whole Foods as it was packed by a Whole Foods (Amazon) employee then placed in a waiting area until your delivery driver picks it up and delivers it.

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