Amazon Lockers is a free service that the company offers as an alternative shipping location. You can find them in Whole Foods, gas stations, fitness centers and more. Rather than shipping directly to your home, Amazon will drop your package off at a secure locker.
When it arrives, go to the locker, key in the six-digit code Amazon provided and the door will open. It is easy to use and does not cost anything extra. You must select the Amazon Locker section during the shipping portion of the checkout. Do not deliver to your home.
It’s a useful service if you know you won’t be home on a particular day or if you don’t trust leaving your packages on a porch during the workday. But there is an alternative benefit: shipments with Amazon Locker are often delivered earlier than shipments at home.
That’s because it skips a sorting step. Rather than going to a local facility for a final sort to get on a particular truck headed for your street, it goes straight to the Amazon locker location in a massive stack. We’ve switched from home delivery to locker delivery to get a parcel several times faster.
You can usually tell when an Amazon Locker shipment will be faster; Amazon will update the ship date. Ultimately, however, there is no guarantee that this will work. But if the item says it won’t be here until after Christmas, it’s worth sending it to an Amazon Locker. The worst case scenario is that it’s late as promised. And that is ultimately your job because you have waited so long to get your Christmas shopping done. But maybe you are lucky and you still have a merry Christmas.