Lockers Aren’t Just for Gym Shoes Anymore

Lockers arent just for gym shoes

Many people can recall when lockers were used almost exclusively to store gym clothes, shoes, school books, and other odds and ends. With a new plan recently introduced by a major retailer, lockers will service an alternative purpose.

Wal-Mart is joining the parcel locker revolution with the introduction of a dozen prototype lockers this summer. Customers will be able order products at Wal-Mart’s website and have the items delivered to a designated parcel locker location for pickup. The shopper will receive a message when their item arrives and a locker code to access it.  Lockers will be accessible 24/7 and will retain the item for up to two weeks.

The locker system is designed to compete in the arena of on-demand package pick-up services which is continuing to experience growing interest. Wal-Mart’s greatest competitor, Amazon.com, established its own parcel locker system in 2011. The Postal Service also realized the potential of parcel locker services and entered the arena with its gopost service.

Do you think parcel locker services are likely to be a significant avenue of growth opportunity in the future?

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