INTERNATIONAL - Amazon has teamed-up with British clothing chain Next to offer a network of stores where the US online retail giant’s UK customers can collect their parcels.
Seeking to capitalize on the growing popularity of click & collect services, Amazon is offering delivery to hundreds of Next stores as an option on the tens of millions of items it sells online.
The new “Counter” service available from Tuesday builds on Amazon’s existing parcel pick-up and locker options. In the UK Amazon has over 2,500 automated lockers with partners including supermarket groups Morrisons and the Co-operative as well as Shell petrol stations.
Amazon said the new service is also being launched in Italy, where its partners are bookstore chain Giunti and the network of Fermopoint and SisalPay stores.
“We see it as a great way to create more convenience for our customers and create a win-win situation for the retailers who partner with us,” said Patrick Supanc, Amazon’s director of lockers and pick-up.