New AmazonLocker Service Offers Postal Delivery Options
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
October 17 2011 04:03 PM ET
Amazon’s locker banks have today turned up in New York City, the third location after the company rolled out the lockers in Seattle and London last month. AmazonLocker is a neighborhood self-service pick-up facility that consists of oversized post office boxes installed in a variety of locations such as several Gristedes, Rite-Aid and D’Agostino stores in Manhattan. The service offers an option for people who can’t or prefer not to take delivery of a shipment at their home or office.
While Amazon has remained mum on its test markets, Amazon customers in NYC, Seattle and London may have noticed the Locker option on their shipping page during checkout. When an AmazonLocker location is selected, Amazon delivers the package to a designated locker and sends an email with a six-digit code to unlock the box. Amazon has installed eight locker banks in each city so far.
What city is next? Amazon is not saying, but we'll keep our fingers crossed that the lockers will come to more locations soon. For a preview, see Geekwire's Todd Bishop pick up a package at a 7-Eleven in Seattle.