AMAZON ROLLS OUT ‘INSTANT PICKUP’ FOR FASTER DELIVERIES

Today Amazon is rolling out pickup points in the United States where shoppers can get their items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes. Amazon has already launched ‘Instant Pickup’ points around five college campuses, such as the University of California at Berkeley with a location in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood to come by year’s end.

Shoppers on Amazon’s mobile app can select from several hundred fast-selling items at each site, from snacks and drinks to phone chargers. Amazon employees in a back room then load orders into lockers within two minutes, and customers receive bar codes to access them right away.

Other locations in the program now open include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Columbus, Ohio and College Park, Maryland.

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