Co-op chosen to trial drop boxes

Online shoppers can now have their purchases delivered to Sudbury’s Co-operative Food Store.

The store in East Street is one of six selected nationally to trial new Amazon lockers in partnership with the online business.

The initiative is part of a self-service pick-up scheme, where customers using Amazon can choose to have their orders delivered to a secure locker rather than their home or work address.

Duty manager Matthew Wheeler said: “It’s a really great idea, particularly with people being more busy these days.

“The lockers save a lot of hassle – no-one likes to hang around at home all day waiting for a package.”

Mr Wheeler believes the trial scheme will also help drive sales and encourage new customers to the store.

“With Sainsbury’s opening and Tesco up the road, this gives us another service that makes us more competitive, plus people’s orders are delivered to a place right in the middle of the town centre,” he said.

In selecting the store as a delivery address option, customers will have their purchases delivered to the store, where items can be picked up any time over three days.

The lockers can only be opened via a unique digit code, sent to the customer’s email address at the time of delivery.

Located by the main entrance, the lockers are fully supported by Amazon.

Since its creation in 1995, Amazon has become the world’s largest online retailer, with a customer base of 30million people.