Amazon keeps redefining our world. Yes, I know it’s more hip to say that Apple is or did, and there’s a case to be made there, however, I still get more jazzed when I hear about a press release or press launch around Jeff Bezos and his company, than Apple or Google. Unlike the other tech giants, Amazon deals in the material – not just the virtual. Sure, Apple and Google have smartphones and iPad and tablets, but that’s about it. Amazon deals in everything – hence the name: A to Z – etc. They not only make the Kindle – the king of all ebook readers, but they make all sorts of other things like the wires for your tech devices and such. Now they’ve made life easier to get all that stuff. The Amazon Locker.
It’s the eternal struggle. You’re waiting for that hot new movie, CD, best selling book, hip new jacket or shoes -or whatever – and you won’t be home for the UPS guy or Fed Ex dude or the old standby – the USPS carrier. You could try to make it by running those last few dozen blocks home. Or hey, ask your boss to leave early just so you can be the first one to hear the new Lady Gaga disc the day it drops. I know you’ll probably just download that, but please, work with me here, I’m making a point. Whatever you may be waiting for on delivery – it may not arrive safely or soundly if you or your family aren’t around to claim it.
Oh you can ask a neighbor or a friend – or maybe bug the postal carrier to leave it in a ‘secret place’ or something. You can rent a PO Box – which works up to a point, however, the United States Postal Service doesn’t take UPS or Fed Ex or other carrier’s packages. You can rent a Mailboxes Etc. box. That should work. Yes, another bill to pay each 6 months to a year. Joy!
Or you can have your Amazon delivery sent to an Amazon locker.
What is it? It’s like a high tech version of those familiar airport or bus terminal lockers. At Amazon Checkout, you simply determine if there’s a locker in your vicinity – there are thousands all over the world, so you should be fine – and then have your items delivered to the locker. The lockers are set up in retail stores like 7-Eleven and other convenience stores or supermarkets. Amazon emails or texts you a code. When you go to retrieve your items, the touch screen accepts the code and releases your package. Voila! The Frozen soundtrack, blu-ray, t-shirts or video game is now delivered!
Nifty, right? You don’t have to worry about your package getting stolen or delivered to the wrong address. You don’t have to worry about bothering your neighbor or friends. You don’t have to worry about pissing off your boss or co-workers by leaving early for that important delivery. Amazon does have restrictions on the locker delivery – these have to do with size and weight – etc. Also, you must pick up your package in three days. But don’t worry, since many are at 7-Elevens, or other 24 hour locations, you have plenty of time to retrieve your stuff.
With Amazon Locker delivery, much of the stress of waiting for that package delivery is gone. Now maybe soon, Jeff Bezos will combine those flying drones with the locker concept and… who knows what will be flying around the corner soon!