In a bid to further expand its retail operations, Amazon has today announced that customers in the UK can use a new ‘Pass My Parcel’ same-day collection service for the first time following a deal with newspaper distributor Smiths News.
Amazon Prime members will be able to use the new same day collection option free of charge (“for a limited time”), while non-Prime subscribers will be able to use it for £4.99 per delivery. In order to qualify for same-day collection, orders need to be placed before 11.45am and can be collected any time after 4pm – customers will receive a notification telling them it has arrived in store and will then need to pick it up before midnight (depending on the closing time of the store).
Alongside the same-day collection service, customers can also opt for an Express Morning Collection service, with orders placed up to 7.45am being available for collection from the next morning. These orders will arrive in store no later than 9am.
Amazon said that once a collection point is chosen and the order is placed, all you need to do is present a code to collect the item.
The new option is available at more than 500 newsagents and convenience stores, Amazon said, all of which will carry the ‘Pass My Parcel’ branding to promote the service. In addition to Pass My Parcel, Amazon also operates Collect+ stores and Amazon Lockers to distribute physical goods to customers who would rather collect items than wait for a delivery.