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While Amazon.com is best known for bringing products from their website to your doorstep, a new initiative will soon give buyers the option to pick it up at their local Staples retail store instead.
Reuters reported Monday that Staples Inc. retail stores will soon be installing Amazon "lockers," allowing online shoppers to have their products sent to their nearest brick-and-mortar locations.
The announcement was confirmed by a Staples spokeswoman, although no details were mentioned as to when the lockers might arrive in the largest U.S. office supply retailer.
Amazon has been ramping up installation of its lockers at grocery, convenience and drug stores in recent months. The idea is that consumers won't have to worry about missing a package at home, and since many locker locations are open 24/7, customers can pick up packages when it's most convenient for them.
According to the report, Amazon's locker service uses a pickup code which is emailed to the customer. The code is then entered on a touchscreen, which opens the locker. Buyers must pick up the package within three days after it's first delivered.
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