Amazon is piloting a new program in Washington DC, to reduce package theft by placing Amazon lockers at two police stations.
The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) unveiled new Amazon lockers this week, allowing residents to safely pick up their deliveries.
DC residents can head to the Sixth District station in Deanwood (5002 Hayes St., NE) or the substation in Anacostia (2701 Pennsylvania Ave., SE) to pick up their Amazon packages.
The lockers can be easily found on Amazon by their locker names:
- Amazon Hub Locker – Annalia (Deanwood location)
- Amazon Hub Locker – Joana (Anacostia location)
The company gives each locker a name to make it easy for customers to identify them in their accounts when placing orders.
Amazon and MPD plan on expanding this program to other stations across the city if this pilot program goes well.
There is no word if the company plans to work with other police departments around the country to install lockers.
Amazon Locker Program
The company launched its locker program in 2011 in its home city of Seattle.
Since then, the program has expanded globally to include company-owned stores like Whole Foods and Amazon Go, national retailers like 7-Eleven and Safeway, and small shops wanting to host lockers through the Amazon Hubs program.
Amazon Hubs also has a program for apartment buildings and complexes that allows property owners to offer a safe storage solution to their residents. This program launched in 2017 and lockers are not limited to just Amazon deliveries.
Additionally, Amazon lockers make return shipping easy, providing customers with a convenient place to drop off items they want to ship back.
Amazon Lockers are available in over 900 US cities, according to Business Insider. It is unknown how many Amazon Lockers are installed globally, but the number is likely well over ten thousand.
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