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Now Amazon shoppers can collect from cornershops Saturday, 18th August 2012
“Sorry, you were out” will no longer be an excuse as Amazon trials a delivery scheme it believes will also benefit local shops and newsagents.
The ecommerce giant will begin to deliver parcels to nearly 5,000 corner shops across the country as it looks to roll out the new scheme nationwide.
According to the Telegraph, the move comes as Amazon looks to offer customers an even more convenient way to shop, and in turn raising the stakes for its rivals on the high street.
With many urban local shops operating 24 hour or late night opening times, consumers will be able to collect their items around working hours, instead of having to track down their delivery at the nearest Royal Mail depot. Multiple and independent retailers alike will be keen to offer the service due to the boost in footfall from consumers dropping in to collect packages.
Amazon will also be introducing the “Collect+” scheme to the roll out, making it easier for customers to return unwanted goods.
Paypoint, the company in charge of managing Collect+ deliveries, already works with Spar and Costcutter, and is said to be in talks with the Co-operative group to expand the network.