Last-mile delivery seems to be cooling down. Literally.
Ecommerce giant Amazon.com reportedly is developing a smart doorbell service that would give delivery drivers the ability to, with the push of a special doorbell, enter a person’s house to drop off deliveries, CNBC reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. The news broke the same time as reports that the Seattle-based company is in “advanced talks” with San Francisco-based smart-license-plate-maker Phrame to develop a solution that allows for direct-to-trunk delivery.
The doorbell would allow delivery drivers one-time access to a person’s home to drop off items, making sure valuable items are not left unattended for hours on the doorstep, where they can be stolen. Phrame’s product would fit around a license plate and contain a secure box that holds car keys, allowing users to open the box with their smartphone or grant others access to it remotely.
While CNBC reported that, according to San Francisco-based smart doorbell provider August Home, 11 million U.S. homeowners had a package stolen in 2016, and a survey by Shorr Packaging showed 31 percent of U.S. shoppers have experienced package theft, this may prove to be just part of the reason behind the initiative.