Longtime blog readers may recall that daughter Sara worked on the Amazon Locker project; she’s now moved on to something new. But the Locker initiative is growing. The ones I’ve seen have been inside places that are accessible 24/7, like the New York City subway, Seven Eleven stores, etc. Today I went to a nearby pharmacy, and a bright Amazon Locker has popped up outside. This one is named Jerome — Amazon’s attempt to make an impersonal metal box that you access with a code seem a little more human.
In case you’re not familiar with Locker, you can now choose to have your package delivered to a locker wherever you want instead of to your home: near work, near the person who is going to receive the package, near where you are going for a trip, etc. When you order from Amazon, one of the steps is called “delivery options” — and if you put in the zip code of the place where you want delivery, a list of Amazon Lockers near that location will pop up. The idea originated in urban centers where many people live in buildings without doormen or concierge services — easy places for packages left outside to disappear. Locker is a much more secure option, and its uses have proliferated. Going to London and wanting Wellies? You can have them delivered to London, retrieve them, wear them during your trip, and then either donate, ship home, or use them as your travel footwear if you don’t mind hot sweaty feet on a transatlantic flight.
If you haven’t yet seen an Amazon Locker, this is what one looks like. Hello, Jerome.