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Amazon tests having drivers make deliveries from local malls

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Amazon is piloting a program that has its contracted Flex drivers choosing up and delivering packages from malls, as first reported by Bloomberg. This system, which Bloomberg says Amazon has been operating since final 12 months, might assist Amazon fulfill orders for same-day or two-day deliveries.

“That is simply one other approach we’re capable of join Amazon sellers with clients through handy supply choices,” Amazon spokesperson Lauren Samaha stated in an emailed assertion to The Verge. Samaha added that solely a handful of sellers are taking part in this system, however didn’t specify which of them.

It’s not totally clear the place Amazon is operating the take a look at, both. Drivers who spoke to Bloomberg about this system cite choosing up packages from malls situated in Chandler, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tysons Nook, Virginia.

Very similar to drivers for Instacart or DoorDash, Amazon’s Flex drivers use their very own autos to ship packages. They sometimes choose up packages from Amazon’s supply stations, however there’s additionally the choice to choose up packages from native shops, which Samaha says has been accessible for years. Mall deliveries will work the identical approach, solely drivers will head to shops inside native procuring facilities to gather packages.

Earlier this month, Vox reported that Amazon has been quietly testing a supply service that pays rural mom-and-pop retailers to ship packages for the corporate. In a approach, the native companies develop into kind of just like the put up workplace — packages get dropped off 360 days a 12 months, and staff are tasked with delivering them inside a 10-mile radius. Amazon beforehand relied on the US Postal Service and UPS for the ultimate leg of deliveries, by which packages truly attain clients’ doorsteps, however giving native shops that job might reduce the necessity to contain both service.

The retail large is seeking to conquer different transport providers on third-party web sites as nicely. In April, Amazon began letting retailers that already retailer items in Amazon’s warehouse add “Buy With Prime” buttons to their websites. This lets clients reap the advantages of Prime transport when procuring exterior of Amazon, and likewise offers Amazon’s rising success sector much more enterprise.

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