With fuel prices remaining at more than $4 per gallon in most U.S. cities and no end in sight to high prices, Amazon on Wednesday (March 30) announced a program that will double cash back rewards on fuel purchases to up to 12% for Amazon Flex debit cardholders.
Amazon Flex, which works like ride-hailing service Uber, oversees deliveries of common household goods to customers through Prime Now, Amazon Fresh and other programs. Drivers use their own vehicles and usually earn an average of more than $26 an hour in the U.S.
“We are continuing to closely monitor this situation to determine if we need to make future adjustments to support our transportation partners,” wrote Amazon in a blog post on Wednesday (March 30).
Amazon also covers fuel costs for its delivery service partners and Amazon Freight Partners, which calls on independent trucking companies to move goods between Amazon facilities.
Earlier this week, Amazon announced that Glow, the invite-only video device for children, is now available to everyone and comes packaged with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ that includes content from Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop.
The Kids+ content library has games and visual arts activities, books and immersive features. The Glow experience is centered around creating a new way for children to connect to their loved ones and explore the same content.
Amazon developed Glow with experts in child-centered products and professionals in child development with the goal of creating a device that would generate an immersive experience while breaking down the feelings of distance between children and faraway family members or parents at work.
Glow uses a touchscreen display with a front-facing camera and connects with pre-approved loved ones that parents invite to the experience. The device links to a smartphone with the Glow app. Using Glow’s projected touchscreen, kids and their remote loved ones can simultaneously play games, read books, create art and more.