I considered writing this as a humor piece, but I like the idea too much. 🙂
I was reading about Amazon opening another college center (their seventh) at Pennsylvania University. Here’s one article on it:
These aren’t college bookstores…they don’t have books. 🙂 They are pick-up centers (and media centers…you can hang out and use Wi-Fi, try out Amazon hardware, that sort of thing).
The articles generally talk about Amazon getting closer to their customers…so I was thinking, why not give me a pick-up center at my house?
Right now, we don’t have Amazon items delivered to our house, due to a history of mail theft in our area (it has happened to us personally). We have them delivered to where my Significant Other works…which is a bit awkward sometimes. It can mean we get it a day later (it has to go through central receiving), and it’s obviously not good on the weekends.
We considered buying a locking mailbox, but they are pretty expensive.
What if Amazon sold you a mailbox just for their own deliveries? They could make it inexpensive, since they don’t have to profit on the box. If you were in a Prime Now city, you could get a delivery in an hour. It would be better for them, because they don’t have to gamble on you actually being there.
The other thing they could do very effectively is put something like a “dashback” button inside it for the delivery person. It would be like their
where you just push a button to order something. Instead, the delivery person would push the button…and it would automatically e-mail/text you to tell your package had been delivered.
They could sell it in different sizes…maybe even a Block size where neighbors might go in on it for big deliveries (although that would complicate the dashback idea).
You could secure it by locking it down, or installing it in a wall (Amazon can help connect you to handypeople who could help you with that).
At some point in the future, this could also be accessible to drones (flying or ground delivery). They would have some way to unlock the Amazon@home box…although it has to be something that people couldn’t steal from it easily. 🙂
Well, this is all just an off the cuff idea…but I like it. 🙂
What do you think? Do you think this would work? What would you pay for it? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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