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• The Wall Street Journal has a story that following up on a previously reported phenomenon - Amazon's decision to expand the use of locker installations to the San Francisco area, after apparently satisfactory testing of the concept in Seattle, New York, and Washington, DC.

The large metal "Amazon Lockers" are installed in supermarkets, convenience stores and drug stores, allowing people to have products ordered from Amazon to be sent there rather than to their homes or offices. When placing the order, the customer is given a code number, which he or she enters into a terminal adjacent to the lockers. A door pops open, and the shopper retrieves the merchandise.

The concept, the story notes, allows Amazon to compete with the store pick-up option offered by bricks-and-mortar retailers such as Walmart.
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