Letter Ride delivery to cut 500 jobs in region as Amazon ends contracts – Daily News

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More than 500 Southern California workers at Letter Ride, a last-mile delivery contractor, will be laid off in less than two months, according to notices filed with the state.

Although the company did not elaborate on why the jobs are being discontinued, many news services reported this week that Amazon, which had contracted with San Diego-based Letter Ride and two other companies, is discontinuing work with those firms.

According to postings on the California Employment Development Department website, Letter Ride is eliminating 89 jobs in Riverside, 83 in National City, 81 in Carlsbad, 80 in San Diego, 75 in Chino and 66 in Rosemead. The layoffs will start on or about Dec. 7.

Employers are required to notify the state of pending layoffs two months in advance. Letters to the state from Letter Ride were dated Oct. 4.

The news website BuzzFeed, working with the nonprofit ProPublica, said Amazon is discontinuing its contract with Letter Ride and two other last-mile delivery companies in other parts of the country. A total of 2,000 people will be laid off in the coming months, the news groups said, quoting official notification letters.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed in an email that the online retailer is ending its contract with these companies.

“We work with a variety of carrier partners to get packages to Amazon customers and we regularly evaluate our partnerships,” the statement read. “We have ended our relationship with these companies, and drivers are being supported with opportunities to deliver Amazon packages with other local delivery service partners.”

The reporting by BuzzFeed and ProPublica identified the other companies affected as Chicago-based Sheard-Loman Transport and Impax Shipping Solutions, which is based in Atlanta.

The article said all three of those companies have been involved in fatalities in the last three years, two of them involving pedestrians. It also suggested Amazon’s pressure for fast deliveries could have contributed to these accidents.

It was not known whether the loss of Amazon’s business will cause long-term problems for Letter Ride and its Southern California locations.

Letter Ride did not respond to requests for comment.

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