Amazon’s Latest Delivery Stop: The Corner Store

Amazon.com Inc. is doubling down to combat a problem that has long bedeviled online retailers: Failed package delivery.

To battle the issue, Amazon has quietly installed large metal cabinets — known as Amazon Lockers — in grocery, convenience and drugstore outlets that function like virtual doormen, accepting packages for customers for a later pickup. Amazon began opening Lockers in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and New York state about a year ago.

And the company is now ramping up the operation. In just the past few weeks, Amazon has opened its first Lockers sites in the San Francisco Bay area.

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