Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) recently announced its "Amazon Key" service which would allow delivery personnel to gain access to a customer's home in order to safely deliver a package, as opposed to leaving it outside when someone isn't home. Then when you buy something online from Amazon, you can mark the in-home shipping option. When a delivery driver arrives at the house to leave an Amazon package, he or she notifies the homeowner who is away.
The delivery person then gets a prompt on their app, swipes their screen, which then unlocks your front door.
The service involves the use of the Amazon Key application, a smart lock and the company's latest device, Cloud Cam which is an "intelligent indoor security camera". Naturally, the main idea behind the product is to allow Amazon couriers to deposit parcels within the safe confines of your house or apartment but it will also be possible to grant access to other trusted individuals such as a cleaner, for example.
"Amazon Key is perhaps the most outre example of this phenomenon yet", Emba wrote.
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Inc has plans to drop off packages directly into shoppers' homes. Users can set up the system themselves, or opt for free professional installation. By using these smart home devices, the customer can see the entire delivery process from start to end, beginning with a notification sent to their mobile device.
Don't worry, though - you probably won't have to wait too long until Amazon is delivering your packages by drone. To show just how far a company will go, Amazon has a "Happiness Guarantee" in place, including a dedicated help center that deals with any complaints about the home delivery or if something is damaged during the home delivery.
Honestly, I'm pretty sure at this point, we will literally be able to have Amazon pizza delivered right to our laps without ever leaving the couch. You'll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door. I can tell you from first-hand experience, this will not be a persuasive for some people.
A notification, mentioning the expected time of arrival, is sent to the customer on the delivery day. Together they watch a video that depicts how the whole front-door delivery works.