Coast Stores teams up with Amazon to fight porch thieves

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OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi (WLOX) – Local stores are joining the fight against package thieves.

Three southern Mississippi retailers, Goody’s in Diamondhead, Stage in Picayune, and Polk’s Drugs #9 in Ocean Springs, are all official Amazon Hub Counter locations. The new pickup service aims to provide peace of mind to Amazon customers.

Across the country, porch hackers are on the prowl to steal your package. A recent report found that 36% of people say they have had a package stolen at least once.

So how can you keep your packages safe from thieves?

One solution is to use an Amazon Hub counter.

Polk’s Drugs #9 in Ocean Springs has been offering the service for about two months now.

“A lot of people, especially during the holidays, don’t feel safe having their packages delivered to an empty house. So it seemed like an opportunity to serve the public and get them to a safe place,” said Jesse Murphy, general manager of Polk’s Drugs #9.

The way it all works is quite simple.

Instead of having the package delivered to your home, you can choose to have it delivered to an Amazon Hub counter, where it is held in a safe place until you can collect it.

Instead of having the package delivered to your home, you can choose to have it delivered to an Amazon Hub counter, where it is held in a safe place until you can collect it.(Picture source: WLOX)

“So it goes straight from Amazon to us to the customer. It’s never out in the open where it can be stolen or damaged by the elements,” Murphy said.

Murphy said the new pickup service has really picked up steam, especially now during the holiday season.

“We probably average 25 to 30 packages a day, and we have a lot of repeat customers, so it’s been very successful, a lot of people have taken advantage of it,” he said.

The partnership with the online retail giant is proving beneficial for this physical store by helping to attract new customers.

“A lot of people who have had packages delivered here have never set foot in the store before, and it gives us the opportunity to show what we can offer between the pharmacy and the other products we sell,” Murphy said.

It seems like a win-win and a way to make sure the Christmas gifts you order get safely under the tree.

There is no additional cost to have your package delivered to a Amazon Hub Counter. Once delivered, Amazon will send you a unique barcode which you will show to receive your package.

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