Amazon has trebled its number of collection points for customers via a partnership with Royal Mail.
The e-commerce giant revealed the link-up today ( 25th November), which has added an extra 10,500 collection points in post offices to its PickUp Location Programme in the UK, bringing its total number of collection points to 16,000.
Customers will be charged a first class Royal Mail postage rate for the Post Office Pick Up service, but Amazon Prime members will be able to use it for free.
Amazon said deliveries made to its Pickup Locations have more than tripled in the last year.
Christopher North, managing director of Amazon.co.uk, said: “Pickup Locations have become the delivery method of choice for many shoppers. Offering the collection of packages from Post Offices is another great way of providing our customers with the highest levels of convenience.” Amazon customers can name their preferred Pickup Location during checkout at Amazon.co.uk and then present identification at the Post Office branch to receive their parcel, the company said.
Existing Amazon Pickup Locations include "Pass My Parcel" stores, Collect+ stores and Amazon Lockers. "Pass My Parcel" – a result of a collaboration with newspaper and magazine distributor Smiths News, a division of Connect Group Plc – launched in October 2014 and is Amazon’s fastest service to date, Amazon said. It is available at more than 500 newsagents and convenience stores. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/amazon-offers-same-day-collection-uk
Amazon has also previously partnered with the Co-op to allow customers to pick up orders in Amazon lockers based in Co-operative Food stores and with Transport For London to allow customers to collect packages from some of the capital's tube stations. The company also has lockers at locations such as universities.