Car Boot Package Delivery

Amazon will start delivering packages to customers' car boots from next month as the retailer explores more convenient delivery options for fitting around shoppers' lives.

The trial, in partnership with delivery company DHL and Audi, will be open to selected Amazon Prime customers who own Audis based in Munich.

A delivery driver will be granted one-time access to the customers' car boot via a digitised order code once the shopper has agreed to the tracking of their car during a specified delivery window. The cars must be adapted prior to the trial in order to allow the worker to drop the package off, and once the boot is closed, the worker will no longer be able to open it.

Customers will also be able to return items to Amazon by leaving them in their car boot for collection.

Amazon said it hoped to eventually extend the service to all Prime customers.

Volvo announced a similar shopping delivery service to shoppers' cars in February last year.

The service is the latest of Amazon's initiatives to reduce the time it takes to order and receive goods. Earlier this month it launched the Dash Button, a WiFi-enabled plastic controller that allows you to order basic household supplies at the touch of a button.

The small device is designed to be stuck or hung in a convenient place, such as on the washing machine or next to the bath. When you're running low on washing powder or toilet roll, pressing the Dash Button triggers a swift delivery of the product.

Source: 29 April 2015

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