Amazon Installs Delivery Stations in Staples Stores
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amazon.com (AMZN) is trying to make it easier for you to receive your orders. This time, the online retailer enlisted the help of a competitor.
Amazon has been installing what it calls "lockers" in a number of nationwide retail chains, including 7-Eleven, Rite-Aid (RAD) and Walgreen (WAG,) stores. Some of those retailers are open 24/7. The idea is for customers to have their Amazon packages shipped to a nearby "locker" -- or one-time use private mailbox -- so that customers don't have to stay home to receive their orders.
If you choose to have your package delivered to a nearby retailer, Amazon ships the package there and sends you an email with a special code that unlocks the locker. That unlock code is good for three days.
Staples (as does all of the Amazon locker partners) gets a small fee for housing these delivery bins in their stores. But, in some ways, the deal could turn out to be awkward and somewhat counter-productive. Some of those deliveries will be for the same office supplies for sale on Staples' own store shelves -- purchased instead, online, from Amazon.
Staples hasn't announced further details.
--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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