The worry of having packages delivered in an unsecure location will no longer be a problem for many Fresno State students.
The University Student Union is now home to 95 Amazon Lockers. The lockers are located on the lower level the USU, next to the bowling alley. They arrived on campus on Sept. 14, and will be ready to use on Oct. 5, said Juan Guzman, USU graduate assistant.
The lockers offer students an option to get packages delivered somewhere other than their hometown. “For some students not from Fresno, mailing packages to a home address is not an option,” Guzman said.
With this service, Guzman said, students don’t have to go to their hometown to get their packages and will have a convenient location to pick them up.
To use the lockers, students must select “Fresno State” as the delivery destination when ordering from Amazon.com. Once the package is delivered to the lockers, the purchaser will receive an email with a code to input on the lockers screen to receive the package.
The package will stay in the locker for three days, and if it is not picked up by then, it will be returned to Amazon.com.
“Say I’m ordering a textbook on [Amazon] and I live not necessarily in a bad area but an area where I might question whether or not I want that textbook dropped off on my porch, I would select Fresno State as my delivery point as one of the Amazon locker locations,” said Cam Patterson, a member of the USU board of directors and Associated Students Inc. president of finance.
The USU was picked to house the lockers because it’s a central location on campus, said Piper Walker, USU board member. She said it’s where students go to get their food, study or just hang out with friends.
“It’s very heavy with foot traffic,” she said.
Guzman said the USU was also chosen because it’s open late, and “It would be more convenient for the students.”
The Amazon Lockers project is in its experimental stage and as the use potentially grows, Fresno State could see more lockers coming soon, Walker said.