Maybe it just fell through the cracks for just me, perhaps it did for you as well, but recently through a friend I found out about the Amazon Locker concept. With Amazon Prime's rapid growth, so has the complaints about stolen packages and damaged packages from shipping companies. So to counter-act, Amazon doubled down and introduced this concept as far back as 2011. I gave it a try recently where I am based in Tampa, here's how it went.
The Process: Easy As One, Two, Three
It's pretty self-explanatory, what happens is when ordering a product on Amazon, instead of having it shipped to your home or establishment, you have your product shipped to one of the thousands of lockers that Amazon offers. The package is sent as timely as they do for Prime and the checkout is just as quick.
Step One: Ordering
Order your product as you usually would, instead of your normal address, select "Ship To Locker" and you're rendered a map of local lockers available to you. Select one and check out.
Step Two: Delivery
Delivery is pretty routine as far as Amazon Prime is concerned. You are able to ship same-day, next day, or two-day shipping as if you were shipping to your home, depending on what time you're placing an order.
Step Three: Pickup
Picking up your package is where ordering and shipping process is different, obviously right? Instead of waiting for your package to arrive at home, you'll have to wait for a confirmation email letting you know that package has been dropped off at your Amazon locker location. After using this new shipping method a few times, I've come to find that drop-off times will vary. Usually your tracking details will state that your package will arrive by 9 pm that day. I've had instances where my package was dropped off in the morning and as late as 9 pm on the dot, so keep that in mind.
Once your arrive to your locker you will visit the screen, scan or enter your code (make sure to have your smartphone ready) and your locker door will automatically open. Easy as one, two, three. You will then receive an email confirming that your package was picked-up by you (hopefully).
Who Does This Benefit?
Personally, I have been and will be using this service frequently. I'm all over the place at times and the knowing that my package was safely locked for my waiting keeps me at peace of mind. I know this will benefit people who are traveling where a handy photography store isn't around all the tim.
So, what do you think of this service? Have you heard of it? Have you been using it? Will you give it a try? Let us know in the comments!