• I Raised My Child In A Shopping Mall

    I Raised My Child In A Shopping Mall

    I raised my child in a shopping mall. Not the kind of my youth: An enclosed, 1980’s dark-floored cave with a Spencer’s and The Limited, Orange Julius, and Chick-Fil-A; a constant fountain whooooooshing in the background. No, this shopping mall is a modern, outdoor arrangement with a small fountain in which people throw pennies along with doomed and prophetic wishes. It has every conceivable type of food, a bookstore, Best Buy, Chuck E. Cheese, and more boutiques and large brand names than anyone could ever shop in a day. This all occurs to me as my now-19-year-old daughter, Isabel, gets ready to graduate from college. She was raised in a shopping…

  • Amazon tests using Flex drivers to make mall deliveries

    Amazon tests using Flex drivers to make mall deliveries

    Contractors working for the Amazon Inc. Flex program load packages into vehicles to deliver to customers in San Francisco. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Amazon is turning to its legions of contracted Flex drivers to deliver packages from mall-based retailers, allowing sellers to ship products from their own stores using the e-commerce giant’s delivery service Amazon has been notifying some Flex drivers in recent months that it’s testing a new program where workers fetch packages from retailers in their area and drop them off at customers’ doorsteps, Amazon said in a notice to drivers that was viewed by CNBC. “Amazon Flex is testing a new offer type…