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You can tip your Amazon delivery drivers again - at no cost to you

Amazon's 'Alexa, thank my driver' campaign is back for a limited time.
Written by Maria Diaz, Staff Writer
Reviewed by Alyson Windsor
Amazon delivery driver

Delivery drivers nationwide deserve appreciation this holiday season


Amazon is reviving an initiative to show its delivery drivers some gratitude and a little extra cash. For the second year in a row, saying "Alexa, thank my driver," will pass on your gratitude and, if they're one of the first two million to receive thanks this way, they'll also get $5 from Amazon. 

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Screenshot of Alexa thank my driver

My last delivery driver for my Amazon Fresh grocery order got the $5.

Maria Diaz | ZDNET

Drivers are some of the unsung heroes each holiday season. They're a key part of the behind-the-scenes cogwheels that really keep the holidays going: from stockers to warehouse workers, to package sorters, they help keep a large segment of the economy running. 

How to thank your Amazon delivery driver

To thank your delivery driver from an Echo device, like an Echo Dot or Echo Show, you can simply say "Alexa, thank my driver" and your voice assistant will let the driver of your most recent delivery know that you sent them a thank you. You can also ask Alexa to thank your driver from your smartphone, using the Amazon shopping or the Amazon Alexa app. 

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'Thank my driver' is only available for deliveries made within the past 14 days and only the first two million drivers to receive a thank you from a customer will also get $5 per token of gratitude, so get started thanking your driver. After that, you'll still be able to send your delivery drivers a gesture of gratitude through Amazon, but no money will be delivered. 

How else can I thank all my delivery drivers?

There are many ways to show appreciation to those working hard during the holiday season.

Many people leave drivers snacks and refreshments on their porches as a token of gratitude. A simple basket with some water bottles, energy drinks, and some bagged snacks or protein bars for your drivers to choose from goes a long way. 

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If you have a regular delivery driver, you could also prepare a small gift for them. Even a $5-$10 gift card for a store or coffeehouse could say thanks in a more meaningful way than an automated message. 

Personally, I've seen some delivery drivers literally sprint from their truck and back during December, just so they can deliver every package on time. So if there's any way to show drivers appreciation during the busiest time of the year, I'm taking it.

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