Examples of Proprietary Address at Amazon and the USPS: It’s Not Just the Format

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The posts, Amazon Goes Head to Head with USPS with Parcel Lockers in Virginia, and Amazon Has 30 Parcel Lockers in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn asserted that Amazon parcel lockers are proprietary addresses. This raised two questions.  1) What constitutes a proprietary address and 2) Is Amazon using a unique addressing standard for its parcel lockers. What is a Proprietary Address A proprietary address is any address that limits who may send or deliver to that location.  Amazon’s parcel lockers are proprietary as only shipments shipped by Amazon and sold by Amazon or a merchant that uses fulfillment by Amazon has access to the Amazon’s Parcel Lockers. No other merchant [...] Read more »

Amazon Goes Head to Head with USPS with Parcel Lockers in Virginia

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Amazon has now introduced parcel lockers to a third metropolitan area in the United States by installing seven parcel lockers in seven 7-Eleven’s in Northern Virginia. By installing parcel lockers in the same general geographic area as the Postal Service, Amazon clearly indicates that its parcel locker delivery system is a direct competitor with delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service and FedEx. While Amazon’s parcel lockers are in the same general geographic area, Amazon has made some real estate and operating/software decisions that may provide Amazon with a competitive advantage among customers that find locker delivery attractive Amazon’s Lockers are in More Up-market Zip codes than Gopost Amazon [...] Read more »

Amazon Expands Parcel Lockers to 20 Locations in New York City

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Amazon now has opened 20 parcel lockers in New York City. This includes fifteen in the borough of Manhattan, three in Queens and two in Brooklyn. In total, Amazon has now opened thirty parcel lockers with the other ten in the Seattle metropolitan area. In the eight months since Amazon installed 8 locations each in Seattle and New York, it has more than doubledaccess to this delivery technology. Amazon now has opened 20 parcel lockers in New York City. This includes fifteen in the borough of Manhattan, three in Queens and two in Brooklyn. In total, Amazon has now opened thirty parcel lockers with the other ten in the Seattle [...] Read more »

Amazon’s Parcel Locker Test Expanding

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On November 17, Geekwire reported that Amazon has engaged the commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle to locate additional locations for its parcel lockers.  The report came only a month after Amazon installed 8 in Seattle, as well as a similar number in Manhattan and London. Geekwire’s story includes an excerpt of the letter that identifies the benefits that Amazon suggests retailers that have installed the first set of lockers have found. “For retailers as well as building owners, the lockers generate foot traffic as customers visit to pick-up deliveries,” reads the message. “Amazon lockers are an attractive amenity for employees and residents of commercial buildings, Amazon will cover [...] Read more »

Clear Image of GoPost Illustration

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Yesterday’s post on GoPost included an illustration from a picture taken of a projection of a Powerpoint slide.   The Postal Service has graciously provided me with the illustration used in that slide that allows for a clearer picture of the GoPost parcel locker.  Based on this picture it would appear that: gopost will have a touch screen monitor gopost will have a slot for insertion of a credit card. gopost appears to have a receptical next to the credit card slot.  This receptical may be designed to print receipts for acceptance of a parcel or it may be capable of printing adhesive backed package or postage labels. gopost has three sizes of [...] Read more »

Postal Service Will Intoduce Parcel Lockers December 6

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Yesterday at MTAC, The Postal Service announced that it will begin beta-testing parcel lockers with a brandname gopost in Northern Virginia on December 6.    The beta test will include 25 sites when it goes live. When the test begins, the Postal Service joins Amazon in testing parcel lockers for delivering parcels to individual consumers. The Postal Service’s gopost lockers differ from Amazon’s in two ways .  First, they are designed to accept parcels as well as deliver them.  It is unclear from the picture if gopost will allow customers to pay for a parcel and print a shipping label like PackStations do forDeutsche Post’s (DHL’s) customers.  Second, gopost should offer an open [...] Read more »

Amazon’s Threat To Parcel Select Goes Live

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Geek Wire has reported that Amazon’s parcel locker system has gone live in both Seattle and New York City.  The Amazon website says that they are live in London, UK as well.  Amazon has installed 8 locations in Seattle and its suburbs and 8 in Manhattan.  Both locations are in states that Amazon currently charges sales tax so ownership of the lockers does not affect the sales tax status of items picked-up in a locker.  Geekwire has posted the maps of locations shown below Seattle Locations The Seattle locations can be found in both the downtown area and in the suburbs.  I do not know yet if Amazon is using any locations [...] Read more »