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Kum and Go convenience stores in Republic, Mo. offer Amazon Hubs to prevent porch pirates

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 11:45 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2022 at 4:28 PM CDT
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REPUBLIC, Mo. (KY3) - Republic’s Kum and Go convenience stores use a service to prevent porch pirates.

The two convenience stores in Republic endorsed program delivery hubs. The program allows any business with a physical location to offer secure package pickup and returns to Amazon customers. The self-service kiosk will enable you to pick up your package at a place and time that’s convenient for you, even on evenings and weekends.

“We have definitely seen people using it pick up on our end,” said Taylor Boland, Kum and Go. “There are a couple of different reasons why we offer it and why people use it, but it allows customers the convenience of having their packages sent to a secure nearby location.”

The Kum and Go locations at 638 U.S. 60 and 3049 U.S. 60 in Republic are hubs.

“I live in a fairly secure area, but I have heard too many stories. I think it’s really not that safe to get it delivered to my doorstep,” said Karin Melton, Republic resident. “If I am not home and packages are left on the steps, they can be stolen.”

Kum and Go locations in Republic do operate only on pick-up options.

”As terms of our offerings, we only offer the package pickup option,” said Boland. “Customers can have packages delivered at this time, but we don’t handle or accept returns.”

If you receive packages at your front door, law enforcement says it is a good idea to get a ring doorbell and to turn on alerts on your phone about when your package will arrive.

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