The Post Office has partnered with Amazon to launch a new click & collect trial allowing customers to collect online orders from their local branch.
Amazon has now become the Post Office’s first official third-party partnership after its historic exclusivity deal with Royal Mail comes to an end, The Grocer revealed.
According to a letter sent to postmasters participating in the trial, which includes 200 branches in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Preston, customers will now be able to collect their Amazon orders at their local Post Office.
Postmasters are understood to have received smartphones designed to scan Amazon packages as they arrive, allowing customers to simply present a pickup code before collecting their parcel.
“We are excited for you to join us on this new venture in partnership with Amazon,” the letter, seen by The Grocer, read.
“We’re sure you will appreciate the significance of this and what a great opportunity it can be.”
In December Royal Mail, the UK’s largest parcel delivery company which handles over a billion packages every year, announced that it had signed its first ever “non-exclusivity” deal with the Post Office.
According to the Post Office, which is still state-owned, this new agreement “allows us to work with other third parties, marking an important milestone.”