Amazon Wants to Deliver Packages to the Trunk of Your Car
- Author: Israel Montgomery Apr 25, 2018,
Apr 25, 2018, 14:17
Once the delivery service arrives a customer will receive updates every step of the way so they can make time to remove packages from the vehicle. With Volvo, the collaboration with Amazon is an expansion of a service that has been available in Sweden and Switzerland since 2015 through the Swedish carmaker's Volvo On Call app.
The in-car delivery service is available to members of Amazon Prime whose cars are parked in publicly accessible areas, such as on the street in front of an apartment building, at a workplace parking lot, or in a driveway.
The Amazon Key In-Car program is available to Prime members where Amazon Key delivery is available, now 37 metro areas across the United States. That said, it works with same-day, two-day, and standard shipping options.
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Amazon spokesperson Alyssa Bronikowski said, "Some of our customers don't have a convenient or safe and secure location to deliver their packages..."
Amazon Prime members must verify they will be parked within a designated delivery zone during a four-hour window and can track the delivery via the Amazon Key app. Customers will need to add their auto to the Amazon Key app with a description of their vehicle so the couriers will be able to easily locate it.
Well, now your auto trunk can be a safe and convenient delivery option.
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This time, the technical giant has come up with the idea to do the same thing with the vehicle.
It's the company's latest effort to defeat "porch bandits" who take delivered packages that have been dropped off at homes.
The app-based service, which lets vehicle owners provide delivery agents with keyless access to trunks, is an example of how Amazon is exploring new methods of delivering goods to customers. The online retailer announced Tuesday that in-car deliveries are now available. That's how Amazon delivery drivers will be able to unlock the cars to leave packages inside without the owner of the auto present. The firm says it ensures the correct delivery driver is at the correct location with the correct parcel before the vehicle is unlocked. "How do they expect to find and unlock the trunk of my vehicle?" tweeted one person. "Customers have also told us they love features like keyless guest access and being able to monitor their front door from anywhere with the Amazon Key App". It's an extension of Amazon Key, a program introduced past year that lets the company's couriers place packages inside participating users' homes when they're away to reduce the risk of theft.
That is, deliveries made inside of your vehicle. For added peace of mind, in-car delivery is backed by Amazon's Happiness Guarantee.
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Amazon reportedly paid $50 million to stream National Football League games, meaning it cost them about $2.78 for each viewer. Prime now costs $99 a year and includes everything from shipping benefits to streaming movies.
With that said, the service could still prove to be a valuable addition to Amazon's value proposition.