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Amazon Offering ‘Locker’ Delivery in Arlington

by ARLnow.com July 6, 2012 at 10:30 am 13,834 72 Comments


Arlington and other Northern Virginia locales have joined the list of areas where Amazon.com is offering its “Amazon Locker” self-serve delivery pickup service.

Two 7-Eleven stores in Arlington — 4223 Fairfax Drive in Ballston and 4970 Columbia Pike — have been outfitted with a bank of electronic, Amazon-branded lockers. Residents ordering from Amazon can opt to have their package delivered to the locker instead of to their house or apartment.

If you choose locker delivery, Amazon will email you a code once the package has been delivered to the locker. You then tap in the code at a touch screen display, and your locker will open. Just don’t procrastinate after getting the email — if your package isn’t picked up for three days, it will be sent back to Amazon and your money will be refunded.

In addition to Northern Virginia, Amazon Locker service is also available in Seattle, New York City, and London. The company is billing the service as “a new and easy way to receive your Amazon packages.”

Hat tip to Bill C.

  • novasteve

    What is the point of this? And given that VA is going to start collecting sales tax on internet sales in VA, even less reason to use this. Put it in DC and it will be very popular.

    • CrystalMikey

      When you don’t want your packages left at your door? Or your building refuses to sign for them? Oh, the sales tax is a bummer, but Amazon still offer some good prices and could still be considered a bargain (IMHO).

      • Aaron

        A friend shortly after moving to DC stayed home one day to receive a package only to find out at the end of the day that UPS/FedEx/et al. only deliver to the Package Lady who signs for all the packages in that particular hood and then redistributes them when she sees fit. The delivery companies don’t even bother to attempt delivery to the actual residence.

        Elsewhere in the less neighborly parts of DC, people I know choose to pay neighborhood establishments to be their delivery address of record and nothing is shipped to their front porch.

        Amazon wouldn’t invest in this kind of workaround if the need weren’t there.

    • Corey

      Even with taxes, Amazon’s prices are generally much lower.

      • novasteve

        Not on all things. There are lots of things that amazon is a lot more expensive than say going to target.

        • J

          Seriously?! You’re arguing that people wouldn’t want to go to Target because “lots of things” on Amazon are more expensive? Why don’t you just shop at Wal-Mart then, because “lots of things” at Wal-Mart are cheaper than Target.

          For the rest of us who order things that you can’t buy at Target (a laptop, a solid state drive, non-standard batteries, higher-quality hand tools, reasonably priced computer cables, higher-quality running shoes, eneloop batteries, a bathroom faucet, technical books, a higher-end power drill, a sound meter) this could be valuable because it will save us a trip down to the Alexandria UPS office which is only open on prime numbered days between 12:45 and 12:52 p.m. to pick up items that are too expensive to be left at my front door.


          • iCan

            Thanks for giving steve the smackdown. as usual PURA PENDEJADA, Bro..

            first post, complain about stupid 5h!t

            steve, amazon installed it just so you have a reason to be pissed off. they’re are that good of a company.

      • Likes to see business kept local

        Ah, but what about supporting your local business???

        68% of the money from locally owned business sales stays local… this means A GOOD PORTION of the money stays to pay for roads, infrastructure, schools, and etc… PLUS MORE jobs stay local

        15% of the money from big box business sales stays local… this means SOME money stays to pay for roads, infrastructure, schools, and etc… PLUS SOME jobs created

        ZERO % of the money from Amazon sales stays local… this means NO MONEY STAYS to pay for roads, infrastructure, schools, etc. VERY FEW JOBS created.

        ARE AMAZON’S prices REALLY much LOWER????

        PLUS, remember all those great businesses you always wanted to go back to, but when you got around to go back, THEY WERE GONE!!!

        • Imad Qureshi

          I’d let you do that while I save my money and buy from Amazon.

    • R

      I’m wondering if the internet sales tax will be based on your billing address and not the fact that it is being delivered to one of these Locker locations. Shouldn’t matter anyway, under existing Virginia Use Tax law you should be claiming all your internet purchases that weren’t taxed on your Virginia state return…hahaha. Probably 99% of us are all tax cheats yet we complain and demonize people who use legitimate and legal loopholes in the tax laws to their advantage.

      • R

        To clarify…based on novasteve’s comment that it would be popular if placed in DC as to avoid the internet sales tax.

      • Carmen

        Sometime next year we will have to pay sales tax on all Amazon purchases to Virginia anyway. So no one will be able to ignore the law any longer.

        • I just ordered a TV from Amazon on Friday and the tax was added to the final price so it doesn’t sound like they’re waiting until next year to start charging it..

  • JohnB2

    Cool idea.

  • This would have been great when I lived in Ballston (okay, it was really Buckingham) and my apartment complex refused to sign for packages and my neighbors were stealing my deliveries off my doorstep.

    • Buckingham Bandit

      That’s Gate of Ballston for you

      *cues up the laughtrack*

    • John K.

      Yep… they chose well in placing that one on Columbia Pike (as long as you don’t pick up your package late at night!).

  • James Moron

    Can’t exactly figure out why this is superior to having it delivered to your front door.

    • J

      Think harder. Or just look up at the previous comment by Elizabeth.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Another alternative my colleagues at work use when they’ve had packages stolen from their home door steps is have the packages delivered to their offices.

    • Andy

      Except if you work for the government, which doesn’t allow that.

    • dk (not DK)

      Not only that, but also carrying your new flat screen TV home on the metro would make for quite a trip.

      • TCE

        We had a guy ship four tires for his car to the office once.

  • CW2

    This sounds like a great option for apartment dwellers (or for items that homeowners don’t want to be left on their front porch.)

  • Al

    They are also at the 7-11 on 23rd St. and Eads.

  • novasteve

    Don’t you think criminal elements will realize that it’s probably something valuable if you’re not having it sent to your home,and wait outside to steal it from you? It’s not like 7-11s are exactly places where crime is non existent. It’s another temptation for crime. Ever notice that 7-11 advertises they never have more than $20 in the register at any time in order to dissuade armed robberies? Do you think this will help?

    • CourthouseChris

      The world is a very scary place for you, isn’t it?

      • FrenchyB


      • iCan

        Steve is pro troll I tell you.. he’s troll of trolls.

    • J

      You know what the best part about that particular problem? It’s not YOUR problem.

      The good folks at 7-11 have to worry about that. In the judgment of the owners of 7-11 and their insurance underwriters, it’s not a serious concern. If it bothers you, there are about 8 million other 7-11’s you can go to. If you don’t like it, don’t pick up a package and don’t go there.

      So, remember, it’s not your problem. Some people like picking up packages at convenient times without having to go to Alexandria. Some 7-11 franchise owners want the additional traffic that this service will bring to their stores. And the great thing about it is that it has absolutely nothing to do with your life at all. You can completely avoid it! It’s not your problem.

      • Freddie

        Aaaand boom goes the dynamite!

  • Ashton Heights

    This is so cool, and only a few blocks from my house! No longer worrying about packages being stolen. Arlington, NY, and London, now that is a nice short list to be in.

  • other side of the river

    USPS has the same sort of setup in NoVa called GoPost. Locations for the non-haters: https://tools.usps.com/go/EPLSearchAction.action

  • marie antoinette


    • CourthouseChris

      How is this shady? Because it is indoors and the roof provides ample shade to customers?

  • Jason S.

    It’s a cool service, but since its’s right next to Ballston, it’ll just attract more (non-ticketable) trash.

    • JamesE

      Opposed to the trash in Clarendon? Why would amazon lockers attract trash?

      • Jason S.

        Ballston has been getting more and more popular with dirtbags hanging around the Metro station and mall, this 7-11 is right across from there. The trash in Clarendon is a different sort, they are the type that can’t let go of their 7 undergraduate years at college.

        • JamesE

          It’s so dangerous bro, fear for my life going to pizza Roma at 1 am to get a proper slice.

          • Jason S.

            Ugh, obviously some bro with a popped collar and a stupid look on his face is not among the recent sexual assault/attempted rapes in the Ballston area. I’m more concerned about females walking home with a possibly expensive package than I am about some loser who thinks Pizza Roma is a “proper slice”.

          • JamesE

            Cool story bro

  • Swag

    Not a bad idea, though there’s got to be a better place to put them than 7-11s.

    • novasteve

      The only worse place they could put them is banks. Just another reason people will rob them.

    • FrenchyB

      I think part of the idea is to have them somewhere that’s open 24 hours, so 7-Elevens are the logical choice.

  • Undereducated

    This will be a great convenience for the homeless in Ballston and elsewhere.

    • malaka

      yeah right…like they all have valid credit cards

      • Undereducated

        They might have yours right now.

        • good comeback! Well done.

  • Brandon

    This sounds like a great idea for people with delivery issues (stolen at doorstep, etc). I wonder if people using stolen credit cards will have stuff delivered to these? Amazon has probably thought of that though – it looks like there is a camera on these just like an ATM.

  • CW

    I have a mental image of a homeless guy going into that Fairfax Drive location, picking up his package, sitting down on the curb out front and pulling a 40 oz out of the amazon box with a big smile on his face.

    • JamesE

      Ordered off his smartphone

    • malaka

      Before a couple of dozen “Operation Paranoid Pressure Point” agents swoop in and wrestle him to the ground

    • dk (not DK)

      ….and kicking back with the latest NYT best seller.

  • ArlForester

    I am just grateful that Amazon gave ArlNow-ers the chance to complain about something else.

  • novasteve

    I’m curious what group of people are stealing your packages? I thought arlington was a well off area? Are you suggesting people that live here, in this very very expensive place just go around stealing other people’s deliveries? Who is doing it and how can they afford to live here?

  • novasteve

    So who is going to be a bully and shove the first alnow dweeb into the amazon.com locker?

  • Kindle me

    So can I buy an e-book for my Kindle and have it shipped to the ‘Locker’?

    • novasteve

      I buy paper books then complain to amazon that it didn’t appear on my kindle. I often get very upset when I try to email my paper books to my kindle email address 🙁

  • Id

    Now I have a place to store the bodies I collect.

  • novasteve

    What if I order a Durian via amazon, have it shipped to a 7-11 Amazon lo cker and then drop it in the the 711?

    • nom de guerre

      They are currently out of Durian but would be pleased to substitute heirloom Ginkgo fruit.

  • First Buffoonist

    It’s enlightening to read on here how much of a PITA it is to get a package delivered if you live in an apartment/condo building. Another benefit to living in a house, I guess. Amazon delivers stuff to us and just leaves it on the porch. No problems yet.

    I once lived in Richmond Square, and I am pretty sure the front desk signed for packages. But maybe that’s changed, or maybe it’s only some buildings that will do this.

  • AdamJones

    Has anyone had good experiences with the locker locations after trying them? So what if someone knocks up the locker? I mean its in a 7-11. You know not the most secure place in the world where other robberies might take place. *duh*

  • jackson

    Good Lord the shivering nancies on this board.

    • Nancy

      “shivering nancies”……….really ???

  • bobpshaw

    Not a bad idea.

    If the post office say, loses you’re package in the process of shipping constantly AND you had delivery confirmation. But you never got the package!

    I’d like to see them expand this in the local area.


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