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Amazon Considering Delivering Stuff To Your Car Trunk

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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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