Apple today kicked off in-store pick-up of orders placed at its online store, letting customers retrieve their goods at a trio of stores in San Francisco.

According to 9to5Mac.com, Apple will soon extend pick-up to stores across the US, though there's no word on when the scheme might come to the UK or other territories.

Apple's online store confirmed that report with a message that read, "Select a store in San Francisco. Coming soon to a US store near you."

Three stores in San Francisco now offer pick-up: Those on Stockton St., Chestnut St. and 20th Ave.

Products that show "Available now" at the conclusion of the order can be picked up within the hour, Apple said. Customers can also designate someone other than themselves to retrieve an order.

iTunes gift cards are not eligible for in-store pick-up.

The new program extends Apple's limited store-online connections; Apple at times has let buyers reserve an item online -- most recently the iPhone 4S -- for pick-up at a local retail store.