According to a report on Friday by Reuters, Amazon has “posted several job [advertisements] …that suggest it wants a broader range of pick-up options, including lockers, in continental Europe.”
Amazon has enabled customers in the United States and Britain to pick up packages that the company stores for them in lockers. Customers typically key in a unique code to retrieve their goods. Amazon already uses lockers in Germany, through a local company. But Reuters says Amazon is readying its own lockers for that country and elsewhere.
“The new jobs include business development manager roles for Amazon Locker in Munich and Paris,” Reuters said. “European Union technical operations manager for Locker based in Luxembourg, and network development manager roles in Luxembourg, Munich and Paris.
The lockers can be found in various places, such as strip malls. For a long time, Amazon has labored to reduce the company’s dependence on traditional package delivery services. More recently, the company has appeared to double efforts to take control of home delivery and slash costs. Amazon has experimented with drone delivery and an Uber-like delivery service. The retailer has obtained use of jet planes and cargo vessels.
Earlier this month, the web’s top retailer reported net-shipping costs reached an all-time high of $1.85 billion during the fourth quarter of 2015, and surpassed $5 billion for the full year.