- Post 06 November 2012
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Worried you're going to miss a package from Amazon? Soon you'll be able to pick it up at a nearby Staples store.
Staples has agreed to install "Amazon Lockers" in its U.S. stores, so online shoppers can pick up their Amazon packages directly from the office supply giant, according to a report from Reuters. Amazon already has such storage units at grocery and convenience stores like 7-Eleven.
The service allows Amazon shoppers to select a nearby locker during the checkout process where they want to retrieve their package. Amazon will then send the customer a text message or email with a unique pick-up code, which is entered on a touch screen to open the locker containing the package. Shoppers have three days from the time they receive the pick-up code to retrieve their package. Many of the lockers stay open 24 hours a day.
As part of the deal, Amazon pays a small fee to the host retailer. A Staples spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The office retailer has not revealed any other details of the agreement.
The deal should, however, make it easier for many online shoppers to find an Amazon locker in their area, given the huge retail presence of Staples. As the world's largest office products company, Staples operates 1,872 retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Meanwhile, Amazon has been gearing up for a busy holiday shopping season. The company last week opened its Black Friday Deals Store, offering "thousands of discounts," and free shipping for "millions of items." Amazon is also in the process of hiring more than 50,000 seasonal employees at its fulfillment centers across the U.S.