Not that long ago, people were used to purchasing stuff in person. Then the Internet happened and they got used to ordering for stuff and waiting for it come to them. Then Amazon introduced its Prime Now service and now we expect the delivery man to be at our doorstep within the hour of paying for the goods. How can anyone possibly improve on that service? Well, what if you're not home and your package gets left outside only to get stolen or wet from rain? Maybe you simply don't like answering the door? Fear not, as Amazon is working on a solution for that, as well.
Namely, the online retailer has just teamed up with the smart lock manufacturer Autumn and smart garage door startup Garageio in order to develop a system of delivering your packages inside your house. Details on the endeavor are still scarce but the basic idea is that you'll have the option of granting the delivery person one-time access to your smart home while paying for your purchase on Amazon. Once the delivery person arrives at the location, they will be authorized by whatever Internet of Things (IoT) device is protecting your home, get in, and leave the package inside your house or garage. In addition to being extremely convenient, this new solution would also mean Amazon has to use less packaging when it's sure your package won't be exposed to any harsh weather conditions, The Information reports. In other words, the company will spend less on packaging, produce less waste, and consequently spend less on waste disposal, all while making extra sure your packages find their way to you.
Of course, this is all just hypothetical and it remains to be seen whether Amazon and its aforementioned partners decide to go through with this idea or not but reports say they're rather serious about it. Naturally, the target audience for this type of service isn't exactly large as not a lot of people own a smart lock and not a lot of smart lock owners own an Autumn-made product and the same goes for connected garage doors and Garageio. Still, can one ever have too many delivery options?