Amazon Now Lets Customers Pick Up Packages At Rite Aid And Other Retail Locations

Posted: Jun 27 2019, 5:46am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Amazon now lets customers pick up packages at Rite Aid locations
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The pickup points, called Counters, will hold packages for up to 14 days.

A few weeks before the annual Prime Day officially kicks off, Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a new option for its online shoppers, allowing them to pick up their packages at Rite Aid pharmacy outlets.

The e-commerce giant has been doubling down on its delivery options over the years, launching a couple of solutions for its customers including one-day free shipping for Prime members and the upcoming drone delivery, which is expected to roll out in the coming months.

Today, Amazon officially unveiled Counter, a new network of Amazon pickup points that will be established at partner locations. The retailer marked the launch of Counter with Rite Aid.

The staffed pickup hubs will be introduced at across 1,500 Rite Aid locations from Oyster Bay, New York, to Chula Vista, California.

When purchasing items on Amazon.com, online shoppers can opt to have their packages delivered at a Counter pickup point according to their zip codes and their delivery location. They can also add a certain Counter location to their Amazon address book for a more hassle-free checkout.

Customers will receive a notification as soon as their packages arrive at the Counter hub. When claiming the package, a customer only has to show a barcode to the store staff. Counter pickup points will keep packages for customers for up to 14 days. If customers are unable to pick up their package, it will be returned for a refund.

Amazon said there will be no additional costs to use a Counter. For Prime members, they can pick up their orders in as fast as one day.

“With Counter, we’ve leveraged our growing logistics network and invested in new, easy to use technology to give customers yet another delivery option rooted in flexibility and control,” Amazon Hub’s Worldwide Director Patrick Supanc said in a statement.

Amazon is inviting retail partners — including small, midsize and large businesses — to house its Counter locations. It is unclear whether the company would team up with big box retailers such as Walmart and Target, which are known rivals of Amazon in the retail space. Both companies also offer pickup services for purchases made from their online marketplaces.

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