Amazon Installs Lockers In Grocery And Convenience Store Chains In San Francisco

C-stores launch Amazon Locker program in their stores to give consumers a more secure delivery program.

Convenience stores are adding Amazon.com web lockers in the San Francisco area.

Amazon.com has been expanding its Locker system after testing services in c-stores in the Seattle, NYC, London and the Virginia-area. The addition of the Northern California locker locations brings the total to at least 50 locker sites in the U.S., according to the company’s Website.

The lockers allow customers to have their online purchases delivered and stored at convenience stores until they pick them up. The locker banks have been placed at c-stores and drug stores so that consumers can pick up packages at a time that’s convenient for them.

“When customers ship Amazon orders to an Amazon Locker, they can pick up their packages at a time and place that’s convenient for them,” said Mary Osako, spokeswoman for Amazon to the Wall Street Journal.

Amazon is borrowing a tactic from traditional retailers like Wal-Mart Stores and Best Buy that have added pickup sites so that online consumers can stop by for merchandise. Without stores of its own, however, Amazon needs to find partners to provide space for the lockers.

Amazon now pays a small fee each month to 7-Eleven and other store owners where it uses the locker program.

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