Amazon to let U.K. customers pick up orders from local shops

The e-commerce giant begins a trial scheme to give U.K. consumers more shopping options by delivering parcels to small retail stores around the country.

Amazon has begun expanding its offline presence in the U.K. by allowing customers to have their orders delivered to thousands of small local stores across the country.

The scheme, currently running as a trial, will see items including books and clothes delivered to around 5,000 corner shops and news agents, the Telegraph reports. If it proves successful, the service will be rolled out nationwide.

The pilot program sees the Internet giant teaming up with courier company Collect+, which already works with retailers including eBay, Topshop, Asda, and Asos.

Collect+ works by allowing customers to send or receive parcels from local shops, rather than having them delivered to their home at times when they're unlikely to be around to receive them.

Amazon customers will also be able to use the scheme, managed by payments company PayPoint, to return any unwanted items, according to the Telegraph.

To find the nearest store that's part of the scheme, Amazon customers can use the search facility on the Collect+ website.

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