Amazon goods for pickup at 7-Eleven soon?

Lockers for Amazon merchandise pickup have been spotted in Seattle convenience stores, and could go national next year.

It may look like something from a 1980s version of the future, but it's very real in Seattle. Geekwire

Looks like you could soon be able to pick up a Double Big Gulp, an Absinthe kit and even the mysterious upcoming Amazon tablet all in one trip to your local corner store. That's because the company that sells everything is setting up shop in the store that seems to be everywhere.

Amazon's first lockers for merchandise pickup are apparently set to go online in a Seattle 7-Eleven later this week. The system looks something like a gigantic, retro hybrid of an ATM and a wall of post office boxes, from what we can make out in shots snapped by local Seattle bloggers. According to The Daily, the system will work something like the in-store pickup option that retailers including Wal-Mart and Best Buy already offer:

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.

It's also reported that if the lockers are a success, they could see a national rollout next summer. Amazon has already had a similar system in place in Japan for years.

Amazon and 7-Eleven did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment, but Geekwire's John Cook trekked to one of the central Seattle convenience stores with the ominous-looking locker bays, and managed to get one of the clerks to spill a few beans. The employee told Cook that the machine is set to be activated on Friday.

 

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