Amazon may be testing a new service that gives you the option to have products you ordered delivered to your local 7-Eleven. Although a bit odd, the idea can offer convenience to those who don't feel safe having products left outside their door while away at work. This could also benefit those that won't be home to sign for a delivery or perhaps others who simply don't want their spouses or housemates to know about a purchase.
According to The Daily, a source familiar with the situation says that the service involves Amazon placing large computerized locker systems at various 7-Eleven stores across the country, with the first prototype already installed at a 7-Eleven store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The lockers will work like temporary PO Boxes for Amazon purchases.
Once you place an order, you can select which local 7-Eleven to deliver to. After the package arrives, you will receive an email notification along with a bar code. With that you can head to the designated 7-Eleven and let the locker machine scan the bar code on your phone to reveal your PIN number. You then enter that PIN number to retrieve your shipment.
The system is still in early testing phases, but if successful could mean widespread deployment across the country by next summer. The Daily, however, did not get an official comment from Amazon regarding the locker system.
[via The Daily]