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Amazon is providing more details about its new delivery program.
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  • Amazon announced on Wednesday that it is acquiring 20,000 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans for use in its new delivery program.
  • The program was announced earlier this year and will lessen the company’s reliance on delivery mainstays like FedEx, UPS, and the US Post Office.
  • The 20,000 new vans are a major investment in the new program, but that number is still dwarfed by the number of vehicles that are in delivery fleets from competitors.

Amazon is going all-in on its new delivery program.

The retailer announced on Wednesday that it is acquiring 20,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans to use in its new homegrown delivery initiative, where it will pay entrepreneurs to start small businesses and deliver its packages.

Amazon announced the program in June, promising $300,000 in annual profits for entrepreneurs willing to start companies and hire up to…