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Amazon could use Flex drivers for making deliveries from local malls

Amazon could use Flex drivers for making deliveries from local malls
Amazon could use Flex drivers for making deliveries from local malls

According to reliable sources, Amazon Inc. is currently testing a program that allows its “Flex” drivers, which are essentially contracted drivers, to pick up and deliver packages at shopping centers. This could help the company fulfill its same-day and two-day delivery orders much faster.

A spokesperson from Amazon confirmed that the company is testing this program to connect more sellers and customers with convenient delivery options, although additional details about the program are yet to be released. 

While it's not clear where Amazon is testing this program, the company's test program involves picking up packages at malls in Arizona, Nevada, and Virginia.

Like other delivery services, such as DoorDash and Instacart, Amazon's Flex drivers use their cars to deliver packages. They usually pick up packages at the company's delivery stations, but they also have the option to pick up items from local stores.

This option has been available for years and it will be like the newest program as mall drivers will have to collect packages from stores in local shopping centers.

Earlier this month, sources claimed that Amazon was testing a new delivery service that would pay local businesses to deliver packages. This method would allow the company to drop off the packages at such traditional stores where workers will be tasked to make deliveries within a 10-mile radius.

Amazon used to rely on UPS and the U.S. Postal Service for its last-mile delivery. This new program could help the company reduce its reliance on both service providers. In addition to this, Amazon is also looking to expand its reach by enabling shipping services for third-party websites to deliver packages.

In April, the company started allowing merchants to add "Buy with Prime" buttons to their websites, which will allow customers to enjoy the perks of Prime shipping when they shop outside of Amazon. This new feature could help the company further expand its fulfillment business.

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https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/22/23136702/amazon-tests-drivers-make-deliveries-from-local-malls-flex

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