The following is an excerpt from Stephen Nellis | April 24, 2018 | reuters.com |
(Reuters) - Not content to stop at slipping packages inside customers’ front doors, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Tuesday started a new program to deliver packages to its members’ parked cars.
The world's largest online retailer is rolling the program out in 37 U.S. cities for customers with newer compatible vehicles and plans to expand the service. All that is required to have packages delivered to a car is downloading an app from Amazon and linking it to the vehicle's so-called connected car service, such as General Motors Co's (GM.N) OnStar system or Volvo Car Group's On Call service. (Details: www.amazon.com/keyincar)
The in-car delivery effort is part of Amazon’s drive to leave packages where they cannot be easily stolen. Since 2011, Amazon has offered secure lockers for urban customers.
“Amazon will keep looking for ways to reduce last mile friction and cost. I’m sure many consumers would prefer to have their car trunk opened remotely by a third party than their front door,” said Greg Melich, an analyst at MoffettNathanson.
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