Save A Lot begins rollout of in-store Amazon services
A discount grocer is providing Amazon payment and pickup options in select stores.
Save A Lot is rolling out the Amazon PayCode cash payment service and Amazon Hub Locker secure pickup/return option at its stores in St. Louis. The retailer plans to expand the availability of these Amazon offerings to over 400 stores by the end of 2020.
Through Amazon PayCode, shoppers provide payment information to Western Union (who is partnering with Amazon to offer the service), and are sent a QR code which they can use to pay for their Amazon order in cash. Amazon then ships the order normally.
Save A Lot is also offering Amazon Hub Locker, a secure delivery option to pick up or return Amazon packages at no additional cost. After shopping on Amazon.com, customers proceed to checkout and select a locker at the nearest Save A Lot as their shipping address. Once their package is ready for pickup, customers will receive an e-mail along with a barcode that they can use to pick up their package during store hours.
Since 2016, Save A Lot has been making efforts to transform its business model, including the modernization of its entire store fleet in St. Louis as well as looking at new options for customer-facing digital technologies.
"This rollout demonstrates our intent to be the most convenient neighborhood grocery option for our customers," said Reid Tuenge, senior VP, retail operations at Save A Lot. "By offering services like Amazon PayCode, we're helping to expand our customers' digital access—all in one convenient location. Not only can they pay for Amazon purchases either as a standalone transaction or as part of their regular grocery shop, but they can also pick up their packages securely in store."
Founded in 1977, Save A Lot is headquartered in Earth City, Mo. and operates nearly 1,200 corporate and licensed stores in 33 states and 14 wholesale distribution centers.