Amazon locks and loads so you can pick up and go
Sunday 16 December 2012
Amazon.co.uk is coming to a convenience store near you. The online retail giant has been rolling out its self-service delivery lockers across Britain's supermarkets, train stations and newsagents since last September.
The service gives customers the option to collect the items they've ordered without the hassle of postmen leaving their Twilight boxset out in the rain or putting a "sorry, you were out" note (cue gnashing of teeth from folk across the country who insist they were in) through the letterbox. It's almost like actual human shopping, but without having to speak to anyone. You simply order online, select your local locker, then collect in person using a unique pick-up code.
Amazon is clearly hoping the scheme will cut down its delivery costs, which are considerably more expensive when a delivery fails. Shops that are agreeing to house the lockers hope the increased footfall will boost their own profits. The only limitation for the customer is that currently they can only use the service for smaller items and with a maximum weight of 10lb, so no new dishwashers, doll's houses or double beds just yet, unfortunately.
With chains such as Co-op playing host, and more than 200 locker locations across the country (with more, no doubt, to come), it won't be long before the monolithic metal boxes are a fixture in every town and village across the land. Amazon won't reveal how many more lockers it plans to install in the UK, but if the US is anything to go by, it's likely to be, well, a fairly Amazonian amount.
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Britain First 'acting like Ukip henchmen' by invading meeting of activists in revenge for pub protest against Nigel Farage
- 3 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 4 Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival streaming service criticised for making wealthy artists even richer
- 5 Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
Britain First 'acting like Ukip henchmen' by invading meeting of activists in revenge for pub protest against Nigel Farage
Costa Concordia: Shipment of Mob drugs was hidden aboard cruise liner when it hit rocks off Italian coast, investigators say
Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
A new (old) cure for MRSA? Revolting recipe from the Dark Ages may be key to defeat infection
Turkey power cut: Prime Minister says nationwide blackout could be caused by terrorists
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This leading supplier of compliance software a...
£24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Associate System Engineer r...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Executive Assistant is required to join a l...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...