Amazon to start delivering packages to customers' car boots
24 April 2015
Amazon will soon start delivering packages to customers' car boots from next month with a trial delivery option to suit shoppers' convenience.
Amazon has tied up with logistics giant DHL and premium car maker Audi, to offer the option to selected Amazon Prime customers who own Audis in Munich.
The shopper would need to agree to allow his car to be tracked during a specific time period. A delivery driver would then be granted one-time access to the customers' car boot via a digitised order code.
The buyers' cars would need to be adapted prior to the trial for the worker to effect delivery, and once the boot was closed, the worker would no longer be able to open it.
Amazon would also collect items for return from customers' car boots.
According to the company, it hoped to eventually extend the service to all Prime customers.
The service comes as the latest initiative from Amazon to reduce the time it took to order and receive goods.
The Dash Button it launched earlier this month allows basic household supplies to be ordered at the touch of a button.
The small device can be stuck or hung in a convenient place, such as on the washing machine or next to the bath. When users were running low on washing powder or toilet roll, all they needed to do was to press the Dash Button to trigger swift delivery of the product.
According to Michael Pasch, European director of Amazon Prime, the company was working to offer Prime members a delivery location that was always available and convenient - the trunk of their car, Daily Mail reported.
He added, the innovation made shopping at Amazon even easier and more flexible and gave customers another way to receive their orders.
He added that the test partners would 'take all possible security issues very seriously' and were working on ways to make sure cars could not be stolen or damaged.
Amazon was also working on plans to launch a drone delivery service in the UK, and already offered drop-offs to be made in Amazon Lockers. The lockers could be installed in various locations. Once a delivery was made, customers entered their details on a touch screen securely and unlocked the relevant locker.
Amazon is also planning to launch a drone delivery service in the UK, and already offers drop-offs to be made in Amazon Lockers. These lockers (example pictured) can be installed in various locations.
Once a delivery is made a customer uses touchscreens to enter their order details securely and unlock the relevant locker