Amazon Will Deliver to Pick-up Lockers in UK Underground Car ParksAdded: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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The online retailer has confirmed plans to try online shopping pick-up lockers in the underground car parks in June. It seems that Amazon decided to join a string of rivals who already use the tube network.
According to the proposals, the pick-up lockers will be located in the car parks at London’s Finchley Central and Newbury Park. This will be another addition to around 300 locations around the United Kingdom where Amazon offers the service.
Aside from Amazon, London Underground also tested click and collect points for supermarket Asda in 6 station car parks in 2013 and is currently cooperating with Tesco, Waitrose and parcel locker company Inpost to offer services at other stations. The enthusiasm of the UK citizens for click and collect services has also forced Network Rail to set up a joint venture with Travelex founder to invest £24 million in three hundred Doddle pick-up-points at stations.
According to the recent estimations, over 50% of UK shoppers have used a click and collect service at some point. In the meantime, most major online retailers now offer the option to pick up goods ordered on the Internet in their store or another convenient location instead of waiting in at home. At the moment, the supermarkets are even using refrigerated trucks to allow customers to pick up groceries from their car parks.
As for the largest online retailer in the United States, it has also put collection lockers in stores including Co-op outlets, while its rival eBay teams up with Argos. Other retailers, including John Lewis, are cooperating with Collect+, a scheme which allows online shoppers to pick up and return items purchased via the Internet at over 5,000 independent retailers.
For example, the commercial development director at Transport for London claimed they consider their click and collect partnerships very successful and look forward to bringing more of the services their clients want to their network. The partnership with Amazon is also considered part of a wider commercial strategy which aims to generate £3.5 billion over the following years through pop-up shops, click and collect services and new retailing ideas.
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