Are Amazon Lockers Going to Crush Walmart?

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Ordering goods online through services like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is supposed to be convenient, but it can often be problematic as well. Purchased items might not fit, might be different than they appeared online, or there might be problems with shipping.

Amazon has found a solution for at least one of these problems. On Monday, the world’s largest Internet retailer announced that Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) agreed to install “Amazon Lockers” in its U.S. stores.

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The lockers will allow online shoppers to have packages sent to a Staples location for pick-up. Upon the parcel’s arrival, customers will be emailed a pickup code, which can then be entered on a touchscreen to open the locker. Packages will be held at stores for three days from the delivery date. The new shipping service was designed to help customers avoid waiting for orders after a missed delivery.

Amazon already has locker units at grocery, convenience, and drug stores, including Rite-Aid (NYSE:RAD), Safeway (NYSE:SWY), and Walgreens (NYSE:WAG).

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