The US patent office revealed a United Parcel Service (UPS) patent application for a computerized item exchange “locker bank” that accepts numerous forms of payment including Bitcoin.
Global shipping giant UPS intends to build a storefront full of lockers for people to purchase items from without interacting with salespeople. The system of lockers where a party trading or selling an item can leave it in the locker for a buyer to pick up at their convenience. Some of these lockers may be configured to accept payments if the parties are renting the locker.
An in-person exchange between private individuals, or other entities, of items sold via a classified ad (such as a traditional or online classified ad), online auction, or online retail sale, can be undesirable due to the inherent danger of exchanging valuable items or cash with strangers. Accordingly, there is a need for improved systems and processes for facilitating such exchanges in a safe and convenient manner.
The patent application
It is also stated that in example embodiments, the locker bank may include a point-of-sale (POS) system for accepting payment from users in the form of: a cash transaction; a credit or debit card transaction; a gift certificate; an electronic payment, such as payment by Google Pay, Apple Pay, PayPal, Bitcoin; and/or any other suitable type of payment.