With Amazon steadily speeding up its shipping options -- there's free same-day shipping in plenty of cities for Prime customers, for example -- it was only a matter of time until it started looking into other ways to complete orders. According to The Information, the smart lock company August and the connected garage door firm Garageio, both of which have ties to Amazon, are reportedly looking into ways to let delivery people leave packages in your home when you're not around. And while it sounds creepy at first, it could be useful for plenty of Amazon customers who can't receive packages at work, and who don't have the privilege of living in a building with a doorman.
As The Information notes, the companies would offer their in-home delivery services when you're checking out on Amazon. August's smart lock would be able to let delivery people right into your front door, while Garageio's technology, naturally, would let them drop it off in your garage. August is already testing the service around Seattle with an unnamed retailer.
Obviously, there are a slew of issues with in-home deliveries, including the possibility of theft and damage. And of course, very few people have smart locks, so it doesn't make much sense to built a delivery option around them yet. It sounds like Amazon and these companies are just testing out the feasibility of in-home deliveries, rather than planning a widespread rollout soon.
As crazy as it sounds, it makes sense for Amazon to at least consider the option of in-home deliveries. It's already offering lockers for dropping off packages, and it's testing out in-trunk deliveries as well.