Amazon To Deliver To The Trunk Of Your Car
As if Amazon is not amazing enough already with the option to have a Prime membership and receive free two day shipping, they now want to kick it up a notch further. Amazon will now start delivering packages you order directly to the trunk of your car. Only being announced as a pilot program in Germany, it still has great potential for this service to really take off.
Amazon has partnered with Audi and DHL Parcel to launch the pilot program next month in Munich, Germany. The idea started when customers began complaining about missed deliveries because they were at work during the day. It’s not always appropriate to have packages delivered to your workplace so they figured that this was the next best thing. Right now the pilot is focusing only on Audi owners, however if the program proves to be a success they are looking to expand outside of Germany and to all Amazon Prime owners, regardless of what type of vehicle they own.
Logistics still need to be worked out should the pilot prove to be a success. However for now a select group of Audi owners have agreed to let their vehicles be traced the day of the delivery. DHL Parcel will then equip delivery personnel with a smart phone and app that will allow them to locate the vehicle and Audi will team up to allow keyless entry into the trunk of the car. Once the delivery occurs, the trunk will close and be locked automatically. An automated email message will then be sent to the owner of the vehicle indicating the delivery was successful.
In case you’re wondering how DHL Parcel delivery drivers will locate cars parked in secured lots or company garages with private access, don’t worry. Amazon has truly thought of everything. Customers who park in private, company owned parking lots or public garages with gated access will still be eligible for the trunk-side delivery service. The service is even available to cars parked on the street.
If a customer is unhappy with the product they have ordered, Amazon has also developed a pretty simple return policy. So easy in fact customers just need to put the items they wish to return back into their trunks. They can effortlessly schedule a return pick up and DHL Parcel will handle the rest.
Both Amazon and Audi are anticipating the pilot program to gain quick popularity. In fact, Audi said that if the program is as popular as they believe it will be they will be looking to expand the delivery service to other online retailers. They plan to launch the “Audi Connect Easy Delivery” service shortly after the initial Amazon pilot program.
There is no doubt with the increase in technology and the many advances being made in the automobile industry we are able to take convenience and accessibility to an entirely new level. This could be the start of something groundbreaking, revolutionizing the world of delivery service.