Capitol Hill is once again the target for a Seattle-headquartered multinational corporation to test its new concepts. Friendly neighborhood tech geek Matt Hickey reports that Amazon is testing an electronic delivery locker system at the E Madison 7- Eleven:
According to a source with knowledge of the project, the idea is simple: these nondescript boxes will be in 7-Eleven stores across the country and act as a sort of P.O. box for Amazon purchases. Once a customer makes a buy on Amazon’s website he can select a 7-Eleven close to work, or on the way home and have the package dropped off there.
When the package is actually delivered, the customer receives an email notification along with a bar code to his smartphone and heads to the 7-Eleven. There he’ll stand in front of the locker system, which looks like the offspring between an ATM machine and a safety deposit box. The machine will scan the bar code on his handset to receive a PIN number. He’ll punch that PIN number and retrieve the package.
CHS stopped by the convenience store at Madison and 16th Ave and found the large locker set-up on the back wall next to the Slurpee machine. It wasn’t powered up yet and employees in the store said they didn’t know when it would be operating or for how long.
The concept solves the issue some people face who cannot have personal packages delivered to work or their residence — and those of you without personal manservants. Amazon has apparently been successfully operating the lockers in Japanese convenience stores for “several years.”
Until the installation of giant pneumatic tubes throughout the city, the lockers will have to do.
If you give the new system a try, let CHS know — we wouldn’t mind joining you for the pick-up.