Staples and RadioShack are pulling the plug on their 11-month-old experiment around Amazon Lockers, the program that allows customers to order goods online at Amazon and then pick them up at locker units at the brick-and-mortar stores.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek has the scoop on the end of the partnerships, with a spokesperson for RadioShack saying that the concept didn’t fit with its strategy. A spokesperson for Staples tells Bloomberg that the Amazon Locker concept “didn’t meet the criteria we set up together.”
It always seemed weird that big box retailers would partner with Amazon, which compete directly with both Staples and RadioShack. Having the brightly colored locker system in the retail shops also served as an advertisement for Amazon, not to mention that it offered a way for Amazon customers to pick up packages at brick-and-mortar establishments.
RadioShack and Staples both started testing the Amazon Lockers last fall. The company continues to partner with schools and other retailers on lockers.
GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop was one of the first folks to publicly try the Amazon Locker concept back in October 2011. Check it out here: