So you can have your stuff shipped to a brick & mortar Amazon locker soon. Starting at Staples. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57545813-93/amazon-lockers-on-their-way-to-staples-stores-report/?tag=nl.e497&s_cid=e497
Would you have your Amazon shipment sent there or do you like it to your house instead?
I use home delivery now of course, but I can see situations where having a secure lockup would take the worry out of a delivery. I didn't read the article, but I wonder how long they would allow something to sit there, unclaimed? I've been out of town lately, and wouldn't have minded picking up a couple of items if they could have been safely stored, waiting for me.
The only thing it has going for it is that there isn't an extra charge to the shopper.
Getting a mailbox at a mailbox store costs money, as does ala carte package receiving. But those services will accept packages from anyone, while Amazon Lockers will only be for Amazon purchases. (Anyone know if third-party vendors will be able to use them, too? Or will it be limited to Amazon and Fulfilled by Amazon -- or even just Amazon?)
It may meet the needs of some folks, but it's no game-changer.
I've used the service once when I ordered a semi-expensive item and knew I wouldn't be home for delivery and didn't want it sitting on my porch. Worked very well, but not sure I'd have a reason to use it regularly.
Funny how it's just news now but this has been operating for close to year now. I've seen them in places like convenience stores and grocery stores. While I can appreciate 7-11 and Safeway stores, but I find it odd that Staples and even Radio Shack are allowing it, as competetive retailers.
My initial thought when I saw it the first time was that it was an excellent way for anyone with a PO Box or general mail delivery to benefit... and also this time of year, it alleviates the concern of having Chistmas gifts shipped home and having your child or sig.other opening the parcel before you get there. OR ordering items for your mistress without your wife finding out. ;)
I did also wonder who is responsible for depositing the parcels in the lockers and cataloguing the system. If it's the stores' own retail staff you can bet it's going to take a backseat to any of the stores OWN operations... and I just cant see the UPS guy taking the extra time to pigeon hole two or three dozen parcels individually on his stop.
I'm also curious what happens if there isnt enough space in the locker when your parcel arrives (ie: the compartments are all occupied). What happens to your parcel then?
It is a unique idea, but I'd agree - not a game changer.
It works for me when I know I won't be home on a scheduled delivery day (and I'm one of the people who always get things delivered when they're scheduled. Lucky, yes.) I have no doorman and I live in a townhouse in NYC, so leaving it on the step is not wise. The locker is a four-minute walk from my home, and it's between the subway stop and my apartment. It couldn't be more convenient.
The item is ALWAYS in the locker when it's promised; never had a failure there. It's a 24-hour Rite-Aid, so I can retrieve at any time. There have been times when I could not use the locker because they were all scheduled to be full. Those times I either waited to place the order for a time when I would be home or tried again for the locker delivery in a day or two.
I've never missed picking up my parcel, so the three-day limit isn't a problem for me.
It's not for everyone. If I moved into a place with a 24-hour doorman I'd never use the lockers again, but it's a great convenience in my present situation.