Over the past 20 years, the popularity of internet purchasing has given rise to a brand-new issue: parcel theft. Despite the fact that stealing any type of mail is punishable by federal charges and a five-year prison sentence, up to 210 million items were stolen every year. How can you stop someone from stealing your Amazon delivery while you’re at work and helplessly watching on your Ring Video doorbell? Amazon Hub is the solution.
Describe Amazon Hub.
The Amazon Hub is a collaboration between Amazon and neighbourhood businesses that offers a free and secure area for package delivery. Depending on the relationship, Hub is available in two flavours: Amazon Hub Locker and Amazon Hub Counter. Let’s examine how the two services differ from one another.
Kindle Hub Locker
A self-service kiosk and a gym’s wall of lockers are both analogues for Amazon Hub Lockers. However, grey is also frequently used. They are typically branded in Amazon blue or yellow. A touchscreen monitor, a barcode scanner, a number pad, and a headphone socket for those with limited vision or vision impairment are all built into the lockers.
Your cargo can be retrieved from the locker in one of two ways. A six-character code that is supplied to you in an email confirming the delivery of your product serves as the first method. After entering your code on the locker’s touch screen, one of the locker doors will automatically unlock, allowing you to get your belongings. The alternative method uses a barcode that is attached to your email. Once the locker has scanned your barcode, it will unlock.
Locker for Amazon Hub apartments
You might be familiar with this idea if you reside in an apartment building. Lockers seen in grocery shops and gas stations operate similarly to those found in Amazon Hub Apartments. Obtain a pick-up code, put it to use at the locker, and retrieve your box. The Apartment Lockers can be used for any parcel sent by your mail carrier and are accessible at any time, not just when the business is open, as opposed to the in-store Amazon Lockers, which are only for Amazon deliveries.
Be warned that access is not limited to mail couriers. If you take too long to receive your package, your property manager may decide to relocate it to the office to make way for more prompt tenants.
Hub Counter for Amazon
Similar basic services are offered by Amazon Hub Counter and Amazon Hub Locker, but with a middleman. Your packages are maintained by Amazon’s business partner, not hidden away in a wall of digital lockers. The staff carrying your shipment will ask to see your email with the barcode before scanning it and handing it to you. You don’t even have to pick it up yourself; you can forward your email to a friend or relative who can pick it up at your house without showing identification.
Both businesses keep your packages for a short period of time before returning them to Amazon, where you will be compensated. Packages are kept in Amazon Hub Locker for three days. Packages are stored by Amazon Hub Counter for seven days.
As long as your order is fulfilled by Amazon and you don’t order anything that is over 12 cubic feet, weighs over 30 pounds, or costs more than $5,000, your item should be eligible for either Amazon Hub Locker or Amazon Hub Counter. More restrictions for both Amazon Hub Locker and Amazon Hub Counter can be found online.
Use Amazon Hub Lockers to deliver goods back.
It is simpler to return things via Amazon Hub. You have the choice of dropping off eligble things at a locker or counter location when returning something to Amazon. If you select a locker drop-off, you will receive a code that you must enter on the touch screen of the locker. A QR code is supplied to you if you opt for counter drop-off, which the store employee reads before taking your delivery.
One thing to remember while returning products via Amazon Hub Locker. It’s possible that the locker won’t have room for your goods. The code that Amazon supplied you is valid there for 30 days; after that, you must start a fresh return request.
How to use Amazon Hub: A Quick Guide
To begin using Amazon Hub in the United States, take the following actions:
- Enter the location where you want to pick up your deliveries on this page.
- Click the Add to address book button when you see one or more places that suit you.
Alternately, select Add Address from your address book.
- Instead of entering an address on the Add a new address screen, click Or find an Amazon pickup location nearby.
- To add a nearby locker or counter location to your delivery destinations, click here.
The United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Japan, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates all have access to Amazon Hub Locker. The United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey all have access to Amazon Hub Counter.
Consult the Hub home page to see whether there is one close by. All you need to do is use that as your delivery address when placing your order once you have a locker or counter location saved in your address book.