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November 07, 2012

Staples Installing Amazon Lockers in U.S. Stores

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Amazon is one of the leading retailers in the world, because they refuse to rest on their laurels. The company is constantly looking for ways to make it easier for its customers to access its many products and services. The latest move by the retailing giant is signing an agreement with Staples (News - Alert). This agreement between one of the largest office retailers in the country and one of the biggest online retailers in the world will allow customers to gain a little peace of mind when they order a product off of Amazon.

Staples has announced that it will start installing Amazon lockers in a wide array of its U.S. stores. This move means that when people order something off of Amazon, they will be able to have that item shipped to their local Staples store. 

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The Staples employees will put these items in lockers that customers can access using a code they will be issued when they make the purchase. As a general rule, the item will stay in the locker for three days after delivery date before it is sent back to Amazon and the customer is alerted the item is no longer in the store.

Amazon says that this particular approach will help people who might not be home during the period of time that packages are usually delivered. They will be able to go get the packages at their convenience, meaning less of a wait for delivery. 

This could also be seen as an additional level of security for items that are normally left on the front porch for hours, available for anyone to steal. Amazon pays a small fee to the stores that house these lockers, so the use of them does not cost any extra for the customer. In the past, Amazon has had these lockers installed in retailers such as convenience and drug stores as well as grocery stores. 

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