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    Amazon Testing Delivery ‘Locker’: Report

    A United Parcel Service driver delivers packages from Amazon.com in Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday, June 30, 0211. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday that it will stop working with online affiliates based in California since the state passed a new rule that forces online retailers to collect sales tax there. In an email Wednesday to California-based affiliates — individuals or companies who run websites that refer visitors to Amazon and then get a cut of any resulting sales — the Seattle-based company said it would cut ties with those who reside in the nation's most populous state if the law became effective. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law Wednesday as part of a larger state budget package.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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    Amazon is reportedly developing a solution for those of us who aren't at home when the delivery guy shows up with our latest purchase. A source familiar with the project told The Daily that Amazon has built a prototype delivery locker in the back of a Seattle 7-Eleven store, which would allow Amazon customers to pick up their purchases at any hour of the day. The locker functions like an ATM machine: the customer gets an email with a bar code when the package arrives, and then the machine scans the bar code from the customer's smartphone and produces a PIN number. The customer enters the PIN and voilà: the package drops down. If the prototype locker is successful in Seattle, Amazon could build them in 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. Amazon declined to comment on the project.

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