Amazon And 7-Eleven In The US Want People To Pick Up Packages Whenever They Want

Amazon and 7-Eleven in the US are now teaming up to address the problem of waiting and missing packages in the form of a parcel locker. In fact, it sounds pretty similar to a concept that Australia Post is trialling in Brisbane.

Simply dubbed O, Amazon's experimental project currently allows residents of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighbourhood to have their packages routed to the store, and access them by entering a pin number into the machine. When someone orders a package on Amazon and has an eligible zip code, they can elect to have their order shipped to one of these machines.

News of the locker first surfaced last week on The Daily, and GeekWire's John Cook successfully tracked the machine down. If this turns out to be successful, it will be awesome, mostly because he idea is so smart on Amazon's part: pair up with a retail-based company that's open late, if not 24 hours and has multiple locations in every city. And with the postal service on life support, we might need good ideas like this in a hurry. I hope FedEx and UPS are paying attention. [GeekWire via TIMN]