As originally reporte, Amazon is testing a scheme that allows its outsourced Flex drivers to pick up and deliver parcels from shopping malls. Since Bloomberg reports that Amazon has been conducting the initiative for the past year, it might help the company fulfil orders for same-day or two-day shipping.
“This is simply another way we are able to connect Amazon sellers with consumers through convenient delivery alternatives,” Amazon spokeswoman Lauren Samaha stated in an email to The Verge. A few merchants are taking part in the initiative, but Samaha didn’t reveal which ones.
Likewise, it’s unclear exactly where Amazon is doing the test. According to drivers who talked with Bloomberg about the scheme, parcels were picked up from malls in Chandler, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Tysons Corner, Virginia.
Instead of going to delivery sites, drivers will go to shopping centres.
Amazon Flex drivers, like those employed by Instacart or DoorDash, utilise their own cars to deliver deliveries. It is more common for them to pick up products at Amazon’s delivery points, although Samaha claims that this option has been accessible for years. Deliveries to local shopping malls will continue to be made in the same manner, however drivers will deliver parcels to retailers located inside the malls itself instead of the main office.
Earlier this month, Vox claimed that Amazon has been covertly testing a delivery service that pays small rural businesses to transport products for the firm. Amazon has not commented on the allegation. Packages may be dropped off at local companies 365 days a year, and employees are responsible for delivering them within a 10-mile radius. To get items to consumers’ doorsteps, Amazon has historically depended on the US Postal Service and UPS, but giving local retailers that responsibility may reduce the need for either service.
In addition to third-party delivery services, the retail behemoth plans to expand its reach. Sellers who already have products stored in Amazon’s warehouse may add “Buy With Prime” buttons to their websites starting in April. Customers may enjoy the advantages of Prime delivery even if they’re not purchasing Now, and Amazon’s fulfilment company gets a boost as a result.
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