Amazon Lockers come to a Safeway near us

Amazon Lockers come to a Safeway near us

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We shop at a few different Safeways, but it was so nice to see this near us! This is inside a (24-hour) Safeway grocery store.

For us, this is going to be a great thing!

What happens is that you order from Amazon, and you have the option to have your package (product dimensions smaller than 16.5 x 13.8 x 12.6 inches) delivered there.

Why would we want that?

We have had mail theft in our neighborhood…and yes, even of Amazon packages at our house. We’ve been dealing with that by having them sent to my Significant Other’s office…but that’s not always convenient. My SO usually doesn’t actually get the package until at least a day after it’s been delivered…it has to go through office receiving first.

Second, we are on the same account…so gift giving is always a bit awkward. We use a special shipping address, adding “No Peeking” to the address. It’s easy to miss that, though, and it’s more fun if you don’t even know a package came (I sometimes give gifts “just because”, with no special occasion involved).

This way, we’ll be able to have our gift packages sent to the locker location, and the recipient won’t even know it happened.

It’s not open yet, but coming soon.

I suspect it may be a bit odd for the Safeway employees when people something up there that we could have bought at the store…but presumably, Safeway is also getting paid by Amazon to have the lockers there.

How does it work?

You search for a locker location near you…you can do that here:

Amazon Locker help page (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Then, when you order something, you choose that address. You’ll get a code once it has been delivered. You go to the Amazon Locker, enter the code, and presto!

There are a few limitations, notably:

  • It can’t be a Subscribe & Save item…and we have a lot of those
  • It has to have a shipping weight of under ten pounds
  • Not eligible for release-date delivery
  • Not all locations will do one-day or same day delivery
  • You have to pick it up within 3 business days, or it gets returned to Amazon for a refund

Speaking of returns, you can also return Amazon items at a locker. We’ve returned Amazon items from time to time, and it’s never been that convenient for us. Being able to drop it off at a locker whenever we want will be so much easier.

Amazon Lockers are available in these areas:

Boston, Chicago, Delaware, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Virginia

Of course, when buying or returning Kindle books, none of this matters. 😉 Buying Kindles, though? You bet we would use this!

Have you used Amazon Locker? What was your experience? Do you have any questions? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

6 Responses to “Amazon Lockers come to a Safeway near us”

  1. JoAnna Says:

    We have them in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota (maybe other locations but I didn’t check)

  2. Allie Says:

    There’s one at the university I attended … I wish they had that when I was there – eons ago! Not in a Safeway, though, or any retail building. The location is a block from my old dorm.
    It’s in a building owned by the school, right in the middle of campus. Most of that building is dedicated to a dining hall.
    It’s not just Amazon Lockers, though – it’s called ‘ Amazon@ ‘ which apparently has more services than just these lockers.
    I wonder if Amazon pays rent to the school…and if so, how much.
    It’s a lovely, large campus and it is possible the school would give the space at low cost to provide an amenity for students… and they could probably reduce the mailroom staff. Not eliminate it, of course, but I’m sure a hefty percentage of packages are from Amazon. Very interesting. Thanks for the link.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      Yeah, those are somewhat different…and some lockers are in private places. Yes, I’m sure Amazon pays the schools where it has locations like that.

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