Amazon’s New Delivery Lockers: It doesn’t Sound Like A Big Deal, But It Is : TreeHugger
September 3, 2012 2 Comments
Lloyd Alter has another great post at Treehugger, where he discusses some of the implications of the new Amazon delivery lockers. Amazon is partnering with grocery and convenience stores in big cities to have packages delivered to these locations rather than to front doors, for added security. This was actually a huge part of my third semester studio’s plan for a less car-centric Boston. By having these sort of delivery centers, like small post offices serving just a few blocks, maybe a couple hundred residents, instead of having door-to-door delivery, you could lessen the need for trucks in a city and, therefore, allow roads to be narrower and calmer.
We’re a long way from that right now; as Alter points out, these lockers are currently only for Amazon customers, and the USPS certainly doesn’t have enough money for that sort of an infrastructure overhaul. But if something like this continues to move forward, it could mean a very different future for commerce in our cities.