Amazon Joins Walmart in Offering In-Home Delivery

Randall Padilla
October 27, 2017

I admit, at first I thought it is a bad idea to let a delivery driver or courier waltz into my home while I'm at work to deliver a package from Amazon.

The company's new offering will be available on November 8th in 37 cities to its Prime members exclusively.

This wouldn't have to be limited to Amazon deliveries either, as customers would be able to setup passcodes so that anyone that has the passcode would be able to enter the home.

Here's how it works: Couriers will arrive at your home with a package, scan the barcode against the installed smart lock, which makes a request to the Amazon cloud for access to the home, according to The Verge.

To use Amazon Key, customers will have to buy the roughly $250 Amazon Key In-Home Kit featuring an Amazon Cloud Cam indoor security camera and a compatible smart lock from Kwikset or Yale. The service includes integrations with cleaning company Merry Maids and dog walking company Rover, as well as 1,200 other services available through Amazon Home Services. "Yes, I do value convenient deliveries, but I value my security more - better to strategize around postal schedules than be assaulted by a person hiding in one's home!"

"Now, Prime members can select in-home delivery and conveniently see their packages being delivered right from their mobile phones", Larsen said in a statement. Amazon doesn't necessarily specify the delivery companies by name, but rather says they are "some of the same professional drivers who you trust to deliver your Amazon orders today". On its website, Amazon says its delivery people are "thoroughly vetted, with comprehensive background checks and motor vehicle records reviews".

Amazon believes this is safe and the answer to many packages being stolen once they're delivered. And if for some reason, something goes wrong-like your door won't lock or something else goes down-the delivery person is required to stand at the door while Amazon customer service is called. Together they watch a video that depicts how the whole front-door delivery works.

Now that Amazon has answered those questions, it isn't too scary.

If you think this idea Amazon has offered to their customers is wild, you are not the only one.

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