The Post Office has signed a historic deal with Amazon enabling customers to pick-up and drop-off orders at over 1000 locations across the country.
Amazon became the Post Office’s first official third-party delivery partner in March this year after its historic exclusivity deal with Royal Mail comes to an end.
The pair launched a six-month trial of the click & collect service at over 200 stores, which will now be rolled out to 1500 Post Offices across the UK by Christmas, according to The Times.
Postmasters use smartphones designed to scan Amazon packages as they arrive, allowing customers to simply present a pickup code before collecting their parcel.
“The world’s leading ecommerce company appreciates the value of working with the Post Office and the high level of customer service you provide day-in and day-out,” Post Office chief executive Nick Read told Postmasters in a video announcing the partnership.
“It is helping us develop a proposition that is effective and efficient for our customers and our postmasters.”
It comes just weeks after the Post Office announced a similar partnership with delivery giant DPD, allowing customers to choose to have their DPD deliveries sent to 1500 Post Offices by the end of the year.
The Post Office, which has over 11,000 locations across the UK, was bound by an exclusivity deal with Royal Mail until the start of the year.
While the end of the exclusivity deal means the Post Office is now allowed to partner with third-party delivery firms for the first time in its 360-year history, it still handles parcels for Royal Mail.