A first look at the screen of the new Amazon Locker service. (Rebecca Lovell photo)

GeekWire has been closely following the developments of Amazon.com’s new delivery locker system at 7-Eleven, in part because it represents a novel method by which customers can receive their packages from the online retailer. As we previously reported, the system was expected to be turned on today at one 7-Eleven store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

GeekWire’s Rebecca Lovell popped by the 7-Eleven this morning, and snapped the photo above. The photo is interesting, in part, because the screen shows actual branding of the product as “Amazon Locker.” (On my visit earlier this week, the monitor, which sits in the middle of the locker system, was not yet activated).

A 7-Eleven clerk told GeekWire that no one is using the lockers yet that he’s aware of, and he didn’t know when packages would start arriving. Rebecca didn’t have a code to input, so she made one up. Result? It returned an error message.

The locker idea, for those who are new to this story, is a novel one (at least in the U.S.). Amazon customers would be able to choose to have packages delivered to a specific 7-Eleven store, receiving an access code that could be used to open one of the lockers where the item is stored.

It is a cool idea, and could solve the problem of those shoppers who don’t have a reliable spot for deliveries to be left throughout the day.

We’ve reached out to Amazon about the project, but have not heard a peep. Looks like they want to keep this one under wraps until they get some more testing under their belts. That said, if anyone in the GeekWire audience is testing the service or knows anything more about it, let us know in the comments or at tips@geekwire.com.

The roll out of Amazon’s new locker system, first reported by The Daily, has captured national media attention. Since our story ran with photos of the lockers, we’ve received inbound requests from media outlets in San Francisco, Boston and beyond.

Why such an interest?

It plays into my theory that people love stories where there’s an overlap of the “real world” and technology. The idea of delivery locker also could change the way people think about e-commerce, bringing a whole new definition to the word convenience.

Previously: Photos: A look at Amazon’s new delivery locker at 7-Eleven

Previously: Amazon’s new locker system at 7-Eleven is not its first foray into pick-up stations

Previously: Amazon set to unlock delivery lockers at U.K. retailers too

 

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/mulka Kyle Mulka

    Click on “Help”! I’ll bet there’s more info there.

  • New_30_guy

    Hi

    Looks like it is using the lockers developed by an Australian company TZL in partnership with Pitney bowes. Tzl makes locks using smart material and is very sofisticated with software offering And security of lockers. Recently it got contract with fortune 100 IT company to provide micro level locking for cabinets in the datacentre.

    • http://twitter.com/mulka Kyle Mulka

      Sounds like you are on the right track. 
      http://pad.tz.net/tz-concierge-residential-solution

      “As deliveries arrive, they are dropped off in a TZ Concierge™  locker unit using a completely secure process. Residents are immediately notified of the delivery by email or SMS, enabling them to pick up their packages at their convenience.  By simply entering a secure, uniquely generated authentication code or PIN number or by swiping their resident RFID card, they access the system and retrieve their parcels.”

  • http://login.sloc.de/ Sebastian
  • Anonymous

    Check out http://dropstation.com. Poised to bring similar convenince and safe package deliveries to anyplace. I wish we had them near my condo. Dealing with the trolls in the office every time I order a package has limited my online shopping.

  • Guest

    Germany has had a similar system for a few years. All my Amazon parcels and also those from other retailers who use DHL (the parcel division of the German Post Office) are delivered to a block of lockers near my local supermarket (not inside). They are accessible 24 hrs and can also be used to post parcels. I receive notification via email and SMS whenever a parcel has been delivered and I pick it up using a card and PIN number.

  • Pobox341

    “The locker idea, for those who are new to this story, is a novel one.” 
    And all those post office boxes that people have been using for decades are what?

    • Guest

      … obsolete.

      Your post office box is yours alone. These lockers are shared by all customers, so customers who haven’t ordered anything don’t have any boxes.

      Bing “Packstation.” This technology is literally killing the US Postal Service as we speak.

    • David M

      As novel as a William Gibson story: All Tomorrow’s Parties. This is right out of the Lucky Dragon. But the LD boxes would fabricate items directly rather than waiting for delivery.

  • Jason

    There’s one at a Bellevue rite aid too.

    • johnhcook

      Which one? Address?

  • GFunkDaddy619

    I work for UPS in California. We are delivering Amazon boxes to these lockers daily.

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