Amazon, 7-Eleven test locker idea for in-store package pick-up

Brick-and-mortar retailers like Walmart and Best Buy already allow customers to pick up online purchases at physical stores. Now, Amazon.com is reportedly giving that concept a shot through a partnership with 7-Eleven.

The Daily reports that Amazon is testing a new delivery locker that would allow customers to pick up their packages at the stores. (And maybe a Slurpee and Slim Jim too).

Apparently, the locker system — described as a P.O. Box of sorts — is being tested at a 7-Eleven store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

We’ve yet to see it. So, if any GeekWire readers have tested this out or know where it is, please let us know. (Also, send a photo if you happen to find this specific location).

Here’s more from The Daily on how the locker system will work.

When the package is actually delivered, the customer receives an email notification along with a bar code to his smartphone and heads to the 7-Eleven. There he’ll stand in front of the locker system, which looks like the offspring between an ATM machine and a safety deposit box. The machine will scan the bar code on his handset to receive a PIN number. He’ll punch that PIN number and retrieve the package.

This wouldn’t be the first time that a Seattle tech company has partnered with 7-Eleven. Just last month, T-Mobile announced that it has begun selling a $30 cell phone at more than 6,000 7-Eleven stores.

Could Amazon Fresh drivers make a daily stop at 7-Eleven in Seattle?

It is unclear how quickly the Amazon orders will arrive at 7-Eleven. Walmart’s Site to Store program — which allows customers to select a store where they want packages dropped — promises orders will arrive in stores in five to eight days.

At least in Seattle, Amazon has the benefit of its own trucking fleet which is already delivering groceries to customers’ homes via the Amazon Fresh service.

Could those drivers simply add a 7-Eleven each day to their route?

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

  • Cook90

    When you find out the answer to the question you ask in the final paragraph, let us know.

  • egg

    “Instead of having things conveniently brought to your house– we’ll make it so there’s an awkward, multi-step process that makes you go out of your way to get your stuff! You’re welcome!” -Amazon

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

      My guess is that this is designed for people who live in apartments where its either a hassle or risky to get packages delivered to your residence.

      • http://www.withinwindows.com Rafael R.

        It’ll be interesting to see what something like this costs, to the buyer. Do you still pay regular shipping to get it delivered farther from your house? Is it cheaper? What about Prime members with next-day shipping? Let’s hope users don’t feel it diminishes the value of Prime or Amazon will can this fast.

        Perhaps you’re right though — this could cater to people on travel and want secure storage. But given the limited bins, this doesn’t sound feasible…

      • http://www.withinwindows.com Rafael R.

        It’ll be interesting to see what something like this costs, to the buyer. Do you still pay regular shipping to get it delivered farther from your house? Is it cheaper? What about Prime members with next-day shipping? Let’s hope users don’t feel it diminishes the value of Prime or Amazon will can this fast.

        Perhaps you’re right though — this could cater to people on travel and want secure storage. But given the limited bins, this doesn’t sound feasible…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Duke-Fawcett/100000451488181 Duke Fawcett

       Or, if you weren’t thinking like a retard, it alleviates security issues like some illegal grabbing your shit while he mows your neighbors lawn. I have a 7-11 within walking distance from my house. I think it’s a great idea. What was a bad idea is when your mommy picked up some losers at a bar and conceived you. 

  • egg

    “Instead of having things conveniently brought to your house– we’ll make it so there’s an awkward, multi-step process that makes you go out of your way to get your stuff! You’re welcome!” -Amazon