We’ve had fun tracking the appearance of Amazon Lockers around the Seattle region over the past few weeks, and this week I stumbled across an intriguing option in my Amazon.com address book — allowing me to “search for a locker location” to add as a shipping destination.
The company hasn’t yet announced or even acknowledged the initiative publicly, but based on my experience, the Amazon Locker system is clearly up and running in the Seattle region and being offered as an option for at least some Amazon customers on a pilot basis.
Watch the video above to see what happened when I went to the 7-Eleven on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle this afternoon to pick up a package of batteries that I had ordered yesterday.
After touching the screen, I entered the six-character code that had been sent to me in an email. The system accepted the code and showed a diagram of the locker setup, highlighting which locker would open and allowing me to tap a button on screen to open it up.
A clerk at the store said the system had been getting some usage this week, but it’s not clear how many of those are Amazon employees vs customers taking advantage of the new shipping option. A 7-Eleven regular outside the store saw what I was doing and asked if I worked for the company.
No word on how many customers are getting this option, but to find out if it’s available to you, check your Amazon address book and see if you can add a locker as an option.