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EagleDog  
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:27:09 PM(UTC)

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Seems like they're popping up everywhere and they're being utilized more and more.
I know of at least 5 locations in my town.
Amazon emails you a code and you use it to go pick up your package. Best part, it's free.
They're in Whole Foods, Rite-Aid, GNC and many other locations. Some are self-service kiosks and some
are held behind the counter for you.

We all know porch pirates are a HUGE problem. We've seen the news stories and watched the security cam videos.
1.7 million packages across the country are stolen or go missing EVERY day. It's a national epidemic.
I'm guessing people are going to love this option.

Pure genius. Why pay last mile delivery when the customer is willing to pick it up?

Amazon is eating our lunch at every turn.
We're playing checkers and they're playing chess.
They're logistical ninja's.
Hannah Blector  
#2 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:56:17 PM(UTC)
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What a novel idea! Go to a store and pick up an item!
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#3 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 2:40:23 PM(UTC)
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Where have you been? Amazon locker was so 2016.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 2:49:14 PM(UTC)
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The new apartments in my town have them. We deliver the packages to them. It takes forever. Plus they don't seem to be as smart as similar parcel lockers by other companies. I helped in another town that had similar lockers by a different company and if you closed a locker without putting the package in it would just open a bigger locker you didn't have to walk all the way back to the screen just to say the package doesn't fit or have it open the same door that you already closed as if you were a moron and closed it for no reason(that is one features of Amazons lockers that infuriates me)

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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:42:02 PM(UTC)
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want to see if one is near you and you have an amazon account.

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#6 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 5:49:03 PM(UTC)
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We have one at the Whole Foods in my city but we are still the ones delivering the packages to the lockers. So it’s not like Amazon is doing all the work themselves.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:56:33 PM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: Hannah Blector Go to Quoted Post
What a novel idea! Go to a store and pick up an item!


That would be great if your local corner store had the same selection and prices as Amazon :)
Usage of their lockers increased 60% last year.
Arrr matey!!! Don't underestimate the public's fear of porch piracy!

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#8 Posted : Friday, January 10, 2020 7:42:53 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: EagleDog Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Hannah Blector Go to Quoted Post
What a novel idea! Go to a store and pick up an item!


That would be great if your local corner store had the same selection and prices as Amazon :)
Usage of their lockers increased 60% last year.
Arrr matey!!! Don't underestimate the public's fear of porch piracy!



I needed an item. I am a Amazon Prime customer. Walmart a couple miles away had it for $4.50. I went on Amazon and got it for $1.99 at my door.

Don't assume Amazon is cheapest. I wanted a hardware item for some remodeling. On Amazon they would have averaged $3 each. With a simple Google shopping search I got 40 of them for $1.22 each from a hardware store in Texas and they sent them Fed Ex parcel select for less than $5.
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>Amazon emails you a code and you use it to go pick up your package. Best part, it's free.

I know the company: Nothing it's free, specially for Amazon. They want your data blah blah blah so they tailor what will pop up at their counterfeit products website.

No they are not "eating our lunch", actually their shopping website it is just one part of the business, with a small profit. Bezos money comes from AWS.
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#10 Posted : Friday, January 10, 2020 11:22:51 AM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: Themailman001 Go to Quoted Post
Where have you been? Amazon locker was so 2016.


Porch pirates were named one of the Top 10 Postal stories of 2019.
Usage of Amazon lockers increased 60% in 2019.
It's kind of a big deal right now :)

Delivery personnel are also getting a black eye and bad reputation around the nation. Video cameras catching them in the act. Smashing,
kicking and stealing packages. Public trust is waning. 1.2 million video doorbell camera were sold in 2019 (less than 100,000 cameras sold in 2014).


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#11 Posted : Friday, January 10, 2020 11:48:22 AM(UTC)

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No they are not "eating our lunch", actually their shopping website it is just one part of the business, with a small profit. Bezos money comes from AWS.


I thought they made money because they pay zero income taxes :)

Amazon is moving aggressively into the shipping business.
That is "our" lunch.

They are spending billions on logistics. Full court press.
Morgan Stanley estimates that Amazon Logistics could be handling 1.5 to 3.5 billion non-Amazon packages by 2022 (adding $7 billion in revenue to Amazon’s overall business).

USPS management vs. Amazon/Bezos

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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#12 Posted : Friday, January 10, 2020 12:05:38 PM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: Hannah Blector Go to Quoted Post
I needed an item. I am a Amazon Prime customer. Walmart a couple miles away had it for $4.50. I went on Amazon and got it for $1.99 at my door.

Don't assume Amazon is cheapest. I wanted a hardware item for some remodeling. On Amazon they would have averaged $3 each. With a simple Google shopping search I got 40 of them for $1.22 each from a hardware store in Texas and they sent them Fed Ex parcel select for less than $5.


That's awesome. There are always niche products that fall under the radar.
Personally, I find it extremely difficult avoiding Amazon. They're just so damn convenient and free shipping to boot.
Plus I always seem to have several gift cards lying around.

As far as shipping cost, Less than $5 from Fed Ex is a great price.
I had always assumed we beat FedEx hands down on pricing. Especially on the small stuff. Tough to beat $5.
For example, they have a medium flat rate box (comparable to ours) that starts as low as $11.75 (up to $14.40). Ours medium flat rate box is $14.35
It's become a highly competitive industry.
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About half the prime items I get are delivered by the post office.
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#14 Posted : Friday, January 10, 2020 2:56:22 PM(UTC)
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a hard time avoiding amazon?...seriously ive made maybe 15 purchases though them...

1 was work uniforms when I worked private security, as they provided the amazon number for what was required, 1 was for the required belt as part of the uniform, that was 5 years ago?...then ive bought music because so many artists are releasing digital only music and for some reason my mom gives me an amazon gift card for xmas, not sure if she gets them through credit card points or what, id much rather have the ebay card that my brother typically gives me...

in the past year ive bought curtains twice (once to make sure they were what I needed, then reordered for my other windows in my apartment), and some digital music (because I refused to use apple)…

and the pickup point thing is becoming more common...my cable company sent me my boxes via fedex but required a signature, so they wouldn't leave them at the leasing office, so I had to have them sent to a Walgreens for pickup...

im sure that there are fees associated with placing the boxes, obviously amazon owns whole foods, but if they are at a random location, like the new 'partnership' with Kohls where you can drop amazon returns, that costs them money
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#15 Posted : Friday, January 10, 2020 7:10:37 PM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: z165012 Go to Quoted Post
im sure that there are fees associated with placing the boxes, obviously amazon owns whole foods, but if they are at a random location, like the new 'partnership' with Kohls where you can drop amazon returns, that costs them money


It's unlikely Amazon pays much (if anything) for these type of partnerships.
Kohl's is doing it to increase store foot traffic. They especially need younger shoppers. Amazon customers get easier returns.
Kohl’s will pack, label and ship your return for free.

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#16 Posted : Friday, January 10, 2020 7:18:53 PM(UTC)
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So will your local UPS Store, which are only slightly fewer than Subways.
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#17 Posted : Friday, January 10, 2020 7:57:44 PM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: z165012 Go to Quoted Post
and the pickup point thing is becoming more common...my cable company sent me my boxes via fedex but required a signature, so they wouldn't leave them at the leasing office, so I had to have them sent to a Walgreens for pickup...


I know several people who used them specifically for ordering Christmas/birthday/anniversary gifts, etc.
Or anything else they might want to keep private/secret from household members.
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#18 Posted : Monday, January 13, 2020 10:10:17 AM(UTC)

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So will your local UPS Store, which are only slightly fewer than Subways.


Interesting. The last time I was in a UPS Store it seemed like they wanted to charge for everything.
Their commercials are so tantalizing. We're so helpful. We do everything for you (unlike other places). We''ll pack it, we'll ship it.
We'll charge you up the wazoo :)

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