Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Markets in Everything: Amazon Lockers at 7-11

"Word on the street is that Amazon is testing out something new in Seattle - lockers at 7-Eleven mini marts that will let online shoppers pick up their packages while they grab a hot dog instead of waiting for the UPS man at home.

How do these work? Presumably, Amazon customers will be able to have their goodies shipped to the 7-Eleven lockers and access the boxes via a pin number supplied with their order notification email (see photo above)."


8 Comments:

At 9/07/2011 11:58 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Here in the Seattle area we can get food delivery from Amazon Fresh. Would it not be ironic to have your beer, candy, doughnuts and coffee delivered to a 7-11 for pick-up?

 
At 9/07/2011 12:25 PM, Blogger Seth said...

Imagining what a life with the post office might look like.

Very interesting. You don't even need to rent a PO Box in this case.

These would be great service at grocery stores. Get an email on your smartphone with the location and pin to your pickup and go pick it up.

 
At 9/07/2011 12:53 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

I wonder how they handle package size?

also.. my experience with Amazon is that they are not P.O. Box "friendly" and will not ship many items to a P.O. Box - even items that are small....

anyone else have problems getting Amazon (and Buy.com) to deliver to P.O. Boxes?

 
At 9/07/2011 1:03 PM, Blogger morganovich said...

larry-

if you select USPS for shipping, they generally will ship to a po box or post office.

ups and fedex are forbidden by law to do so.

 
At 9/07/2011 7:11 PM, Blogger Marko said...

Great way for Amazon to try to further decrease their costs and increase convenience.

I am waiting for when you enter your amazon order at the little kiosk and you open the door and there it is. But at home.

 
At 9/09/2011 11:59 AM, Blogger Free2Choose said...

"while they grab a hot dog instead of waiting for the UPS man at home."

Not sure I see the value here, unless you are homeless. Maybe I'm missing something. The UPS (or FedEx, or USPS) delivery person still has to deliver the packages whether it's to the customer's home or to an alternate location. The only advantage might be that 7-Eleven might get an earlier delivery since it's a business. But unless Scotty's "beaming" Amazon packages to the 7-Eleven, what's the difference in swinging by the convenience store to get your product once it's delivered or just getting it when it's delivered to your house?

 
At 9/09/2011 12:55 PM, Blogger Mark J. Perry said...

One advantage could be if a signature is required for delivery, and nobody will be home when the package arrives. Or if you live in area where packages are stolen.

 
At 9/09/2011 1:19 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

much of the USPS revenue comes from bulk-mail service.

they send them for a fraction of first class mail

bulk mail likes USPS because if there is an occupied building.. it likely has a person who can be sold something via bulk mail.

email is fast replacing some of this but the reality is that the census department maintains demographic data per physical address..down to the carrier route level...

from that data - market people target a demographic.

it's a big business....

once USPS starts to get away from physical address deliveries... the market folks will leave ... a vicious circle that will leave USPS delivering personal mail....

I'm listening to the Republicans on this and many are NOT saying abandon USPS but... reform it...to operate more like a business.. which, in theory it has already done...

there are neighborhood markets everywhere... there are Walmarts everywhere.. with space for everything from banks to subways...why not USPS ?

oh.. and people with P.O. Boxes pay for them..they are not free.

 

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