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Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm a big fan of Amazon. The company " just gets it" and has made me life and purchasing experiences so easy I sometimes struggle to remember what it was like before I was an Amazon Prime member.
So I was forced to grin when I read about this latest idea from the world's largest retailer. When it comes to receiving packages, I'm pretty blessed. I have an office with employees that can sign for me and on those occasions that something gets shipped to my home, my neighbors are more than happy to sign for and then hold my packages. However, I know there are a lot you out there who aren't as lucky as I am.
For those of you who can't always sign, Amazon is trying out a new idea of delivery lockers. They are in limited areas now and the company is using Rite Aid and 7-Eleven stores to help pull this off.
Here's how it works. A locker system, like in the picture above, is set up in a location. Your package is placed in one of the lockers by the delivery service. When you place your order and request to have it shipped to a locker, you get a six-digit code. When your package arrives, you go to the locker, enter your code, and a door on the locker system opens which contains your shipment. Simple, easy, and efficient. If you are an Amazon customer and live in an apartment, I can see these locker systems becoming a really big deal. I'd think in urban environments it would also make deliveries faster and easier for the delivery company as well.
Practicing General Dentistry, Technology Editor Dental Products Report, author, lecturer, consultant to high tech and clinical manufacturers, Past President Greater Kansas City Dental Society, Peer Review Chairman - State of Missouri, I love getting my hands on and trying to break the latest gear!