Package Delivery Just Got a Little Easier

Mail order is a wonderful thing. Thanks to the Internet, you can find just about anything you need or want, and you can shop anywhere in the world.

But getting your goods may be another story. Many homeowners are reluctant to allow packages to sit on the front step all day; not all apartment complexes have someone to sign for packages; and not every womailbox1 150x150 Package Delivery Just Got a Little Easierrkplace can accommodate personal deliveries. Solution? Secure lockers where your packages can wait safely for a time when it’s convenient for you to pick them up.

The U.S. Post Office has GoPost, and Amazon.com recently introduced Amazon Locker. Both services work the same – you can designate your shipment to go to a lock box and the shipper emails you a PIN that will open the box once your package is delivered. GoPost lockers are located in Post Offices, of course, but USPS is adding them to grocery stores, shopping centers and transportation hubs. Amazon Lockers are available in certain 7-11 stores in four cities (New York, Seattle, London and Arlington, VA).

I haven’t tried the service yet (and I probably won’t since I have nice, retired neighbors who can sign for packages when necessary), but I think it’s a good solution for many situations. What about you? Have you tried locker deliver, or would you consider it?

NOTE: Amazon.com is a BBB Accredited Business.

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About Katherine Hutt

Katherine R. Hutt, Director of Communications and Media Relations with the Council of Better Business Bureaus, is an award-winning communicator who has been helping nonprofit organizations tell their stories for the past 25 years. She was a CBBB consultant on numerous projects for more than a decade before joining the staff in 2011.