Amazon and Coachella: Tech giant to place package lockers at music festival

Amazon and Coachella: Tech giant to place package lockers at music festival

12:08pm, 12th February, 2019
(Amazon Photo) Amazon has expanded its delivery locker network to Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, Chase Bank, and other places where customers can pick up their packages. In April, they’ll at a surprising new location: . For the first time, Amazon will plop one of its yellow lockers at the popular music festival in Indio, Calif., that drew 250,000 people in 2017. Concert-goers can order from on Amazon that will feature products in categories including fashion & accessories, beauty, health & wellness, tech, and camping. Just like other Amazon lockers, customers will select the Coachella locker as a delivery location and receive a barcode after ordering that can be scanned to get their package. There is no extra charge to use the lockers. It’s the latest example of Amazon’s growing delivery network. The company launched the Lockers concept and now has them in more than 900 locations across the U.S., but the Coachella initiative appears to be the first attempt at a “pop-up” temporary version. Amazon has also previously used . Having a visible presence at a high-profile music festival also plays into Amazon’s interest in music and entertainment. The company has in the past and . An Amazon locker sits inside a Chase Bank location in the heart of Amazon’s Seattle campus. (GeekWire Photos / Taylor Soper) Amazon continues to offer new package delivery options beyond a customer’s doorstep, including , a glorified version of the lockers that are staffed by workers, and Hub by Amazon at apartment buildings. Amazon also operates in Seattle. The centralized pickup points help Amazon speed up delivery times and provide an alternative to receiving packages at home or work, particularly for those concerned about . E-commerce competitors including rival Walmart also offer . AT&T just last year that has a bank of lockers for online purchases. Amazon has rolled out other creative ways to receive packages, including and, a service that gives delivery personnel access to a customer’s home . Patent filings show — turning buses, trains, subways and other vehicles into roaming pickup locations. As Amazon’s e-commerce sales continue growing — last quarter, up 13 percent — it has added more and more delivery infrastructure to help continue offering a free 2-day shipping benefit for its Prime members. In addition to its massive warehouses, the company also now has its own , and . Amazon spent $9 billion on shipping in the fourth quarter, . That’s $1.7 billion more than the 2017 holiday quarter, a 23 percent increase. Amazon’s annual shipping costs have risen 140 percent since 2015 and increased by at least $4.7 billion each of the last four years. The tech giant spent $11.5 billion on shipping in 2015, $16.2 billion in 2016, $21.7 billion in 2017 and $27.7 billion in 2018.