FARGO - The Gordmans store in Fargo is making it easier to thwart porch pirates in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The Fargo store at 5100 14th Ave. S. offers Amazon Hub Counter service, part of an agreement made by the company’s parent firm, Stage Stores, earlier this year with Amazon.

Amazon Hub Counter gives Amazon shoppers the option to select shipping to Stage or Gordmans stores at no additional cost. The service is available for all shipping speeds, including same day and one day delivery.

After shopping on Amazon.com, customers proceed to checkout and select one of the Counter pick-up points in their zip code area as their delivery location. As soon as their package arrives at the store, customers receive an email notification with a unique barcode as well as a reminder of the address and the business hours of their selected store. At the store, customers provide the barcode to store employees, who then retrieve the package for the customer.

GeekWire and TechCrunch reported this summer than the Counter service was also in more than 100 Rite Aid locations in the U.S. At the time, Amazon said it would add thousands more locations by partnering with Stage Stores, GNC and Health Mart.

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GeekWire reports the service should help Amazon compete with companies such as Walmart and Target that offer in-store pickup for online orders.

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