first_imgInternet shopping has revolutionized not only the way we buy things, but also the breadth of what it’s possible to buy. No longer are we limited by what shops are within traveling distance or what mail order magazines offer. You can go online, see preview pictures, videos, read reviews, compare prices, and order with the click of a button and next day shipping.One of the pioneers of that online shopping experience is Amazon. Not only has it become the number one online shopping destination, the e-tailer keeps pushing in new directions and finding new ways to keep its customers happy and spending money.Although not confirmed by Amazon (yet) it looks as though it might be about to solve the problem of making yourself available to receive a delivery. We’ve all had the problem of ordering something and knowing it is too big to fit through the door, so you have to be in to receive it, or just being unlucky and happen to be out when the delivery truck turns up. Missed deliveries are frustrating, but so is waiting in to make sure you get one.Amazon has come up with a clever solution to this problem: deliver your package to a local 7-Eleven store instead. That way, your delivery is waiting for you locally and available whenever it’s convenient for you to go get it.Evidence this is at least being experimented with by Amazon comes in the form of a 7-Eleven store in Seattle. The Capitol Hill store has an Amazon locker system installed. As the image above shows, there’s lots of lockers that are all numbered and a console in the middle.When you make a purchase on Amazon an option will appear to have the package delivered to a 7-Eleven instead of your home or place of work. Then, when the package arrives at the 7-Eleven you receive an e-mail with a bar code attached. Visit the 7-Eleven, bring the bar code up on your smartphone and let the machine scan it, then take your package from the locker that unlocks. Simple.Apparently the system is in very early testing, but if it proves successful expect an official roll out across the U.S. by summer 2012.Read more at The Dailylast_img read more