Amazon Lockers Starting to Dot the Country

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First it was in a 7-Eleven in the Pacific North-West, then a Rite Aid store in New York City. Yes, the Amazon delivery lockers are coming. The concept is pretty interesting: you can have your Amazon order delivered to an Amazon locker at your local convenience store or other convenient nearby location that has an Amazon locker installed.

Why would you want to do that? Well, perhaps you are one of those people who doesn’t have a porch or front door stoop at which it would be safe to leave a package unattended.


Or maybe you want to surprise your spouse with a special gift that you have ordered on Amazon, and don’t want it delivered to the house.

Whatever the reason, there are people who don’t have a good place for the friendly Amazon delivery man to leave a package, and for those people, Amazon is testing delivery lockers placed at convenient locations.

The way it works is that as you are placing your Amazon order, you choose one of the Amazon locker locations for delivery. When your delivery arrives, you take a bar code down to the Amazon delivery locker, scan the barcode at the center console (which looks a bit like an ATM – the lockers look much like the public lockers in a bus station), and the system gives you a pin number which will unlock the locker in which your Amazon order is waiting for you.

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This is, by the way, not a new concept. Britain’s “By Box” has been offering a similar service for years.

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So how about it? Would you use this service?

 

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5 thoughts on “Amazon Lockers Starting to Dot the Country

  1. I can think of a better usage for this.

    You need/want to purchase something but are planning a trip. Instead of waiting to order it, or waiting to use it after the trip, simply ship it to the locker that’s close to your destination, then retrieve it when you arrive. This would be a downright amazing deal if they can get it done at airports nationwide. Obviously it would have to be prior to TSA unfortunately, like at the front doors, but still.

  2. You better believe I’d use this! I live 1/2 mile from my mailbox, down a winding dirt lane and while my regular mail carrier will bring stuff down to my garage if she has time, the UPS guy won’t. I hate having stuff hang off the mailbox overnight. Living in a rural area I doubt I’ll see this option soon, but I’ll be looking for it.

  3. Sorry, this is not polite but neither is comment by ‘pedant’. Meaning of Pedant is: a person who is excessively concerned with formalism and precision, or who makes a show of his or her learning. Also known as a hairsplitter. Picky, picky, picky!

  4. Fantastic idea… I love it as I travel allot and can order things via the internet without the delivery hassle… Keep up the good work…

  5. “PIN”, which should be capitalized, stands for “personal identification number”. “PIN number” is redundant, like “ATM machine” and “HIV virus”.

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