While Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) has long been trying to ward off Amazon‘s (NASDAQ:AMZN) on the retailing front, it is playing nice on at least one front, becoming the latest retailer to install “Amazon Lockers” in its stores.
The concept behind the lockers is simple. Instead of having products delivered to their homes, Amazon’s customers can have them shipped to participating Staples stores, where the products will be put in a locker. On delivery, Amazon will email the customer with a passcode for the locker, and the package can be picked up at the customer’s convenience. Customers then have three days to pick up their packages before they’re returned to Amazon.
The thought behind the service is that it minimizes missed deliveries and offers an option to people who, for whatever reason, do not have access to deliveries at their homes.
Amazon lockers have been around for a while now, and usually are housed in grocery stores, drug stores and other high-volume locations.