Published on: August 9, 2012
Got a number of emails yesterday about our story detailing how Amazon.com seems to be expanding the use of lockers in supermarkets, convenience stores and drug stores, using these facilities as delivery depots.
MNB user Hortencia Espinoza wrote:One thought came to my mind when I read that Amazon is going to be testing the locker boxes out of grocery stores and such in the Bay Area:
I wonder, if before this program is launched nationwide, if the Post Office is smart enough to help themselves survive and bring in SOME revenue, to offer rental space to Amazon in their THOUSANDS of post office locations conveniently located through the USA.
Probably not, huh?
Another MNB user agreed:Kevin, in connection with one of your favorite topics, the USPS’s un-visionary attempts to make itself relevant, why aren’t they lobbying Amazon to put those lockers in post offices? Seems like Amazon would prefer to go widescale on lockers with one contract vs hundreds or thousands, and also put its footprint in places where there isn’t competition. And the USPS could use the $$.
That would be really smart, huh?
Listen, I've been saying for a while now that the USPS ought to make a pilgrimage to Seattle, go see Jeff Bezos, and ask what it will take for it to become the exclusive Amazon shipper in the US. And you're right ... putting the Amazon Lockers in post offices around the country would be a masterstroke.
Another MNB user wrote:For businesses hosting these Amazon lockers, I wonder how (or if!) they're using pickup visits to drive loyalty. I can think of some dumb examples: if you bought a movie, how about selling popcorn? If you ordered an electronic toy, how about batteries? Would Amazon provide any support in this area? I'm definitely no expert in marketing or merchandising, but every traditional retailer who bemoans Amazon's entry into every retail vertical should take this as an opportunity to think outside the box and grow their business in new ways.
This sounds like an opportunity for the beleaguered Post Office to partner with companies, rent out lockers, increase traffic and perhaps make some money.
I'm just guessing, but I think that Amazon would offer little or no help in this area.
I could make the argument, by the way, that supermarkets and drugstores ought not
put the lockers in ... because they would be giving both visibility and accessibility to a competitive retailer that wants to crush them
MNB user Jessica Harper sent us a picture of an Amazon Locker installation and wrote:Saw this in the 7-eleven down the street in Arlington the other day. While I was there – UPS was delivering packages. For lots of people in DC who work at secure worksites and can’t have things delivered and have no doorman or staff at their building to accept packages, it’s a convenient option. Will be interesting to see if it takes off.
Responding to yesterday "RIP" note, MNB user Chris Connolly wrote:About ten years ago while living in a small town in Iowa we had the privilege of seeing Marvin Hamlisch perform at our local auditorium with a small orchestra consisting of musicians who lived in the area.
His show was wonderful and he carried on a lively banter with the audience members throughout the entire performance. Needless to say, he played many of his various compositions and shared the history behind each of them as they were performed. More than that, he attended a reception after the concert where we were able to meet him in person. He was warm, personable, humble, and sincere in his conversations with the attendees.
It is my belief that the list of artists who have won Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, Emmys and a Pulitzer Prize is a very short one…..in fact, I think Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers might be the only people to have accomplished such a feat. If so, Mr. Hamlisch is a member of a very exclusive club.
He will truly be missed.
Regarding the NFL's first female referee, one MNB user wrote:A little more background for you on Shannon Eastin. I especially like Coach Whisenhunt’s comment that he didn’t even notice she was female when she worked the Cardinals scrimmage; that’s the perfect game for an official – doing your job without being noticed.
And, from another reader:I have no problem with female football refs except that the football field is a dangerous place for anyone, let alone someone who has no protective gear on AND who never played and thus does't understand how to read the flow of a play. I assume that Ms. Eastin will be on the fringes of the action rather than positioned behind the inside linebackers where refs are frequently in the line of fire of players who are way bigger, faster and more violent than any baseball or basketball player.
I have to believe, if she is being employed by the NFL, that this woman understands how to read the flow of a play. And while I agree that we don't want anyone getting hurt, I suspect that a lot of women are getting tired of not getting certain opportunities because of the perception that they need to be protected.
And on another, highly controversial subject, MNB user David Farnham wrote:I wholeheartedly agree. Baseball is a team sport and everyone on the team should hit. If a pitcher can’t hit well he’d better strike some people out to make up for it.
They can learn to bunt. No excuse for them not to be able to handle a bat.
MNB user Tom Devlin wrote:While I totally agree with your baseball beliefs on the DH and managers being part of the strategy in the game, instead of just the Home Run Derby for ESPN highlights in the 90's.
I will say I am so disappointed because I was looking forward to protesting the MNB until you agreed with me… But you did… so now what is a professional protester going to do?
Hmm I am sure we can find something to disagree on…. The Mets, Jimmy Buffet … like those guys too… What a tough country to live in!!
Hey, I grew up in the sixties and seventies, so I have a soft spot in my heart for protest movements.
I remember fondly protesting against Richard Nixon in the fall of 1972 when Air Force One flew into a local airport and drove past seething crowds of young people with an arrogant smile on his face...
Those were the days...