Amazon now wants to leave deliveries inside your metro Detroit home
- Author: Joe Gonzales Oct 28, 2017,
Oct 28, 2017, 1:01
For the time being, Amazon will only allow its own delivery people to make the in-home drop-offs, but there are plans to extend the Key to other service providers like cleaners, house sitters, and dog walkers. Amazon has announced the upcoming launch of Amazon Key - a new service that allows couriers to deliver packages inside your house even when no one is home.
"Once set-up is complete, receiving in-home delivery is as simple as a click: Customers select "in-home" while shopping and Amazon handles the rest".
The whole thing doubles as a friends and family access system.
The startup cost to use the otherwise free in-home delivery system may dissuade some users. The process will not require codes and the entire delivery will be video-recorded.
Here's how it works: First, customers will need to purchase special equipment before they can enroll in the service, including a compatible smart lock, security camera, and the Key app (Amazon is now selling $250 bundles).
While Amazon can direct its delivery employees to enter a home, the homeowner can control who else can come in when they aren't around.
The bundle is now avail;able for pre-order but is exclusive to Amazon Prime members.
Using a list that appears on the app, the delivery person is first instructed to knock on the door or ring the doorbell. "You'll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door", Amazon said in an online press release.
Others worry about letting a stranger inside their home and hackers.
Amazon Key will launch on November 8 in 37 cities around the United States and works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day, and Standard Shipping orders.