Amazon trials Flex driver mall delivery

Amazon is trialling mall delivery using its Flex drivers in the US. Sellers in the pilot in certain locations in Arizona, Texas, Virginia and Las Vegas will now be able to ship goods from their own stores direct to customers.

In a notice to its Flex drivers, Amazon said, “Amazon Flex is testing a new offer type near you. Retail delivery offers will allow you to pick up and deliver pre-packaged orders directly from non-Amazon retail stores in participating local shopping centers.”

Amazon Flex drivers in specific locations have been informed of their new roles. Las Vegas drivers will deliver from the Fashion Show Mall, a two million square foot mall on the Las Vegas Strip.

Speaking to CNBC, Kate Kudrna, an Amazon spokesperson, said a handful of “existing Amazon sellers” are participating in the program, and that Flex drivers operate as normal, but pick up orders from retail stores, rather than Amazon delivery stations or supermarkets.

“We have been delivering from third-party stores for years,” Kudrna said in a statement. “This is another way we are able to connect Amazon sellers with customers via convenient delivery options.”

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