Sep. 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM ET
By John Cook
Yesterday, my 2-year-old son and I did a little investigative reporting. Our goal? Find the Seattle area 7-Eleven housing Amazon.com’s new delivery locker system.
We started our quest near Magnuson Park — where the 7-Eleven clerk had no idea what we were talking about — and ended up in Capitol Hill, where we discovered the new lockers at the store at 1522 East Madison St.
The Amazon lockers take up a sizable chunk of space at 7-Eleven
What are these lockers — which stand about 7-feet tall and take up a sizable chunk of the north wall — all about? One of the clerks explained that they would allow Amazon customers to pick up packages at the 7-Eleven.
When asked if they had more information about getting one of the lockers, the clerk suggested I contact Amazon. He then said that they plan to activate the lockers on Friday.
On my visit, the keypad and monitor in the middle of the lockers was not turned on. About 40 different lockers of various sizes were located in the rack, and there’s no Amazon branding anywhere to be found.
The keypad on the Amazon lockers was not yet activated.
As we noted in our story yesterday, Amazon rivals such as Best Buy and Walmart already allow in-store pick-ups of online purchases. Partnering with 7-Eleven could give Amazon customers a place to have packages stored in case they didn’t feel comfortable having them dropped off at the apartment, office or home.
The Daily first reported on the Amazon lockers last week. Customers gain access to the boxes after receiving an email notification with a bar code that is used to get a pin number that’s entered on the keypad.
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