eCommerce giant Amazon has reportedly inked a deal with Repsol to enable customers to pickup online orders at gas stations in Spain and Portugal.
According to a report, the customers will have the option to pick up their packages at 4,000 gas stations in Spain and Portugal. The report noted that Amazon and Repsol already tested the service in Italy. Amazon had a similar service in the U.S. via its Amazon Lockers located in cities around the country including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Repsol has a car sharing service and EV charging stations.
In February 2016 Reuters reported Amazon was looking to help its shopper base across Europe tap into the same locker network as seen in the U.S. that enables consumers to pick up packages at lockers in specific set locations. The option, which is currently available in the U.S. and Britain, enables Amazon to save money on delivery costs and also opens up a new network of delivery options to be tailored to consumers’ needs. The lockers are shown as a pickup option at checkout, and consumers are then given a code to access their package.
The report indicated that Amazon has job postings for the new network, which suggest that Amazon’s plans entail more pickup options for delivery (including the locker option). This comes at the same time that Amazon is looking to build its own logistics network to take over more of its own deliveries.
“Amazon pickup locations, including Amazon Locker, are exciting, new delivery solutions that we are introducing into the German marketplace,” read the Munich business role ad, according to Reuters. Amazon is also reportedly looking to fill more positions for Amazon Locker in multiple cities and countries, including Munich, Paris and Luxembourg. It also has more roles in London.