Amazon and 7-Eleven Want You to Pick Up Your Packages Whenever You Feel Like

Illustration for article titled Amazon and 7-Eleven Want You to Pick Up Your Packages Whenever You Feel Like

We hate waiting for things. Whether that be cable guys or package deliveries, it's tedious and annoying. But Amazon and 7-Eleven are now teaming up to address this problem (for packages at least) in the form of a parcel locker.

Simply dubbed O, Amazon's experimental project currently allows residents of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood to have their packages routed to the store, and access them by entering a pin number into the machine. When someone orders a package on Amazon and has an eligible zip code, they can elect to have their order shipped to one of these machines.

Advertisement

News of the locker first surfaced last week on The Daily, and GeekWire's John Cook successfully tracked the machine down. If this turns out to be successful, it will be awesome, mostly because he idea is so smart on Amazon's part: pair up with a retail-based company that's open late, if not 24 hours and has multiple locations in every city. And with the postal service on life support, we might need good ideas like this in a hurry. I hope FedEx and UPS are paying attention. [GeekWire via TIMN]

Share This Story

Get our `newsletter`

DISCUSSION

BoomingEchoes
BoomingEchoes

"...mostly because he idea is so smart on Amazon's part: pair up with a retail-based company that's open late, if not 24 hours and has multiple locations in every city. "

Theres a problem with that: 7-11 isn't in every city. As in we don't have any at all in our area. Pulled up the location finder on their website and the closest location is in Indiana or Missouri -Which is easily a day long trip from where I am. They'd be better off trying to team up with McDonalds or someone else these days.

Also, nothing for nothing, but what if a high volume of individuals choose this method? Clearly if the 7-11 doesn't have the space for a huge place for loads of these lockers then people packages are obviously going to be denied a spot or worse, completely lost in the shuffle -specially if its a "whenever you want to grab it" basis. They can't possibly just vacate your packages.

Overall the theory behind this is good I guess, but its a pretty bad idea that'll be killed in the execution at the end of the day. I know I certainly wouldn't want the package I paid for -no matter what it may be- sitting in a 7-11 for very long, even behind a reinforced lock, with no one more then a single attendant on staff to watch over it (good people work at 7-11, but frankly it isn't their job to be Amazon's security task force, even if the deal is finalized).

I will admit however, this is a decent idea if you order something and know your going away on vacation when it'll get to you -but that seems to incredibly niche for this to really be worth the effort on the two companies parts.