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Amazon Considering Delivering Stuff To Your Car Trunk


Online retailing behemoth Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is looking at ways to solve problems related to unattended delivery by considering delivering items directly to a customer's house or car.

As customers increasingly shop online, retailers are grappling with the growing headache of dealing with delivered products getting damaged by bad weather or being stolen by so-called "porch pirates," people who specialize in stealing packages from people's porches.

CNBC reported, citing a person familiar with the deal, that Amazon is in advanced talks for a partnership with Phrame, a maker of "smart" license plates that will allow items to be delivered to a customer's car trunk.

Phrame's product, which fits around a license plate, contains a secure box that will holds the keys to the car. Users can unlock the box with their smartphone and grant a delivery person access to deliver the items directly to the user's car trunk, according to the CNBC report.

Amazon is also said to be developing a smart doorbell device that would provide delivery drivers a code for one-time access to a person's home to drop off items.

Both the new initiatives by Amazon would likely offer a way for delivery people to drop off items using a temporary code.

Amazon is also testing its own delivery service that intends to make more products available for free two-day delivery.

The company is calling the project 'Seller Flex' and plans to began on a trial basis this year in West Coast states with a broader roll-out planned in 2018. Amazon started its own delivery service two years ago in India.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has said it is testing a new service that not only does a customer's grocery shopping and brings the items to his home, but even puts the grocery directly into the refrigerator.

Walmart is partnering with August Home, a provider of smart locks and smart-home accessories, to test the service in Silicon Valley.

by RTT Staff Writer

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