Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is exploring creative ways to get packages to consumers by delivering to vehicle trunks or the inside of houses. The box is accessible through an app, and the vehicle owner can also give key permission to others like delivery drivers.
At the same time, Amazon is developing a smart doorbell device that would give delivery drivers one-time access to a person's home to drop off items, said two people familiar with the matter.
Anonymous sources have informed news site Bloomberg that Amazon is planning to launch its own U.S. delivery service, "Seller Flex", which has been created to ease overcrowding in its warehouses and make more items eligible for two-hour delivery. The sources asked not to be named because the discussions are confidential.
Walmart is partnering with August Home, a provider of smart locks and smart-home accessories, to test the service in Silicon Valley.
Analysts see unattended delivery as the next big thing for e-tailers, since it ensures customers never miss a package. Web retailers are dealing with products getting damaged by bad weather as well as the rise of so-called porch pirates, who steal items from doorsteps.