Amazon latest perk. free delivery to your auto.
Its latest iteration, Amazon Key In-Car, relies on the vehicle's internet connection to remotely open the trunk so packages can be delivered.
US grocery sales on Amazon.com have jumped nearly 50 percent year after year, up more than $200 million, in the 2018 first quarter, according to e-commerce tracker One Click Retail. "Starting today, Prime members can order tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com and have them delivered to their auto, at no extra cost", said Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology, Amazon. The in-car delivery options will also show an estimated delivery time window and the delivery date for your order.
"In-car deliveries can only be made to a stationary auto parked in an open, street-level, and publicly accessible area", the company writes in a FAQ on a Web site explaining the program. Amazon's FAQ states that if it doesn't fit in trunk, a package may be placed elsewhere in the auto. By contrast, the in-car delivery service is free for Prime members.More news: Ronaldinho: What I really think about Paul Pogba at Man United
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Amazon unveiled its Amazon Key service a year ago. First, download the Amazon Key App and link your OnStar and Amazon accounts. Customers can track when their auto was unlocked and relocked through the app, where they can also rate the experience.
"We have offered in-car delivery in Europe since 2015 through programs in the Nordics and Switzerland, and we believe that receiving packages should be as easy and convenient as ordering them online", said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, Vice President of Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo Cars.
Amazon uses multiple layers of verification to ensure the security of in-car deliveries. The Verge writes that packages over 50 pounds, are larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches, are over $1,300, require a signature or are sold by third-party sellers won't be available for delivery to your trunk.
Is there an additional fee to receive in-car delivery? No special codes or keys are given to the driver.
"Receiving a package securely and reliably in your auto, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate", said Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at Volvo Cars. "Our partnership with Amazon now makes this possible for a majority of our customers in the U.S. This intersection between transportation and commerce could very well be the next wave of innovation, and we intend to be at the forefront".
Amazon's new in-car delivery takes that a step further by offering the option to have packages delivered to wherever a customer's vehicle is.