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Amazon Might Be Gobbling Up Your Neighborhood’s Dying Mall Next

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E-commerce, one of the most-cited culprits behind America’s dying malls, may soon become the mall. Cue The X-Files theme music.

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The nation’s leading mall owner, Simon Property Group, is purportedly in talks with Amazon to house fulfillment centers in some of their vacated department store real estate, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. The companies have discussed converting stores previously occupied by J.C. Penny and Sears, once lynchpins of mall traffic that have been bleeding revenue and shuttering stores left and right in recent years, leaving behind massive desolate spaces that never fail to give me the creeps.

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And all those big-box spaces gathering cobwebs have apparently left an equally massive hole in Simon’s profits, otherwise I doubt they’d be considering filling their prime retailer real estate with a distribution center. Any tenant is better than no tenant, after all. Even if the rent for warehouse space runs cheaper than it does for department stores, as the Journal notes, at about $10 per square foot compared to between $4 and $19 per square foot depending on the location.

As for Amazon, one of the most expensive and time-consuming legs of the shipping process is that last mile before the package arrives at your door, so the opportunity to set up their fulfillment centers closer to customers is a no-brainer. Curbing last-mile costs was the impetus behind its Delivery Service Partners program, a service launched in 2018 that Amazon to push local deliveries off to independent contractors. Last year, Amazon Logistics, the company’s internal delivery arm, delivered a record 2.5 billion packages in the U.S. alone, per Forbes.

According to the report, these discussions have been underway for months, aka before the coronavirus pandemic exploded in America and Simon’s stocks tanked by nearly 60% since the beginning of the year. It’s unclear exactly how many of the stores inside Simon malls are being considered for the switch to fulfillment centers.

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People familiar with the discussions told the Journal that Simon and Amazon are exploring buying out occupied space from retailers in some cases, so it looks like even stores that are still open aren’t safe from the chopping block. Not that either big-box chain seems long for this world: J.C. Penny filed for bankruptcy in May and Sears announced in November plans to shut down another 96 stores, leaving the business with less than 200 locations nationwide.

It’s nice to see that even as an estimated 25 million Americans struggle to meet their basic livings costs after uninsurance benefits drop during a literal pandemic, one of the richest companies in the world is still shoveling industries into its gaping maw, business as usual. First liquor stores, then entire houses, health insurance… the sky’s the limit for Bezos and co.! Or rather, it would be, if Amazon weren’t also journeying into space too.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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