Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has signed deals with GNC, Health Mart and State Stores to expand the Counter Pick Up network to more locations across the US. The company introduced Counter service in 100 Rite Stores in the US in June 2019 after the initial launch in Europe in May this year. Amazon is planning to expand Counter service to over 1,500 locations in the US by the end of 2019.
Who benefits from Counter?
With the launch of Counter, the customer who could not receive Amazon parcels at their home address can select third party locations as the delivery address. The customers can place purchase orders either through a mobile app or on the website of Amazon and choose nearby third party locations as the delivery point. Amazon shares the shipping details and a bar code to the customer via an email to facilitate the collection of parcels. The sales executive at a third party location scans the bar code on the packet and matches with bar code of the customer to hand over the package. Delivery is quick and hassle-free.
Prime customers benefit from Counter
The prime customers of Amazon also benefit from Counter to avail one day or same-day delivery. Patrick Supank, the hub director, said the customer could enjoy a fast, convenient, and flexible way to collect their packages with the help of Counter, which comprises Apartment Locker, Amazon Locker. The multi-pronged approach of Amazon also includes delivery of packages straight to customer’s cars, homes, and garages. Amazon is expanding its delivery network fleet and hiring cargo planes to ensure expedited delivery. It is also persuading employees to start their businesses by quitting the jobs.
Amazon to post better Q3 results
Amazon is gearing to release Q3 earnings on October 24, 2019. Its shares have logged gains of 18%. The company is expecting to bolster its Q3 earnings from discount holiday sales.
Amazon is facing competition from Best Buy, which offers free one-day shipping on purchases for the holiday season. Best Buy offers same-day delivery in 42 cities for orders received up to 3 PM. Target and Walmart have also adopted this shipping policy to log in profits.