Amazon reportedly discussing using former J.C. Penney and Sears stores as fulfillment centers

A employee assembles a field for supply on the Amazon success heart in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., April 30, 2019.

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Amazon is in discussions with mall-owner Simon Property Group about utilizing some closed J.C. Penney and Sears shops for Amazon success facilities, The Wall Street Journal mentioned on Sunday.

“For Amazon, extra success facilities close to residential areas would velocity up the essential final mile of supply,” The Wall Avenue Journal mentioned. “For Simon, turning over what was as soon as prime mall area to success facilities exhibits it will be keen to relinquish a vital means to herald extra mall site visitors to safe a gradual tenant.

Simon Property Group declined to touch upon the report. An Amazon spokesperson was not instantly accessible to remark.

Amazon has lengthy targeted on its so-called “final mile” of supply. In 2018, it started to recruit drivers to ship items in neighborhoods, for instance. It has also tested and explored the use of drones to ship packages. Amazon Lockers are in another retail shops across the nation the place clients can go to select up the gadgets they ship on-line.

The Sears and J.C. Penney places might give Amazon extra success heart area, nearer to clients, the place supply drivers might come unload and choose up packages. That will assist velocity up the time it takes to get an order delivered from Amazon.

The Wall Avenue Journal mentioned it is unclear how lots of the shops inside Simon malls are into account.

In June, J.C. Penney said it’s closing 154 retails stores this summer time. J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy in May and is moving toward a sale sometime this fall. Sears introduced in Nov. 2019 plans to shut down 96 stores.

— CNBC’s Lauren Thomas contributed to this report.

Read more on The Wall Street Journal.

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