WATERLOO, Ontario - Apparently, delivery lockers are the next big thing €" or at least that€™s what Amazon.com and startup company BufferBox are hoping, AllThingsD.com reports. Amazon recently expanded testing of its Amazon Locker delivery service.
BufferBox€™s service essentially works the same as Amazon Lockers: consumers order goods online, which are then delivered to a secure storage facility for pickup. The company has contracts with UPS, FedEx and Canada€™s postal service, which will give each Canadian BufferBox an official address. BufferBoxes have been installed at 7-Eleven stores, supermarkets and office buildings.
Currently, both Google and Walmart are partners with BufferBox, which will be installing boxes on Google€™s campus. Walmart will also soon have lockers in its stores, at least for Walmart merchandise ordered online.
"Consumers are ordering more online, and 60% of delivers fail because no one is home," said Mike McCauley, co-founder of BufferBox. "We€™re changing that."
It remains to be seen whether BufferBox can make its business model viable as Amazon ramps up its own locker delivery service. "Businesses don€™t ship documents anymore," said McCauley. "They email PDFs. Consumers buy online, with a higher percent of retail deliveries going directly to homes."