Marks & Spencer is testing in-store lockers in an effort to further tap into the trend for click-and-collect and lure customers into its shops.
M&S launched the trial, which will run until the end of the year, at its Teddington Simply Food store. The retailer has not yet revealed whether there will be a roll-out.
Online customers using the service will get a unique code, which they enter at the lockers to collect their products.
If successful, M&S would be able to use its network of 600-owned and franchised convenience food stores to make it easier for customers to shop its clothing and home offer.
The latter categories have been under severe pressure in recent years, while the food business has gone from strength to strength.
By harnessing the frequency of visits to its grocery stores, M&S could make shopping for clothing and home products a more convenient, and therefore more attractive, proposition.
The grocer will roll out the lockers by the end of the year, as part of its drive to introduce “popular and useful services” to its larger stores. The move represents the largest collection of Amazon Lockers in the UK.