Reported by CNBC, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is in advanced talks with Phrame about partnership for a delivery service, according to a source familiar with the matter. Phrame manufacturers licenses plates that allows the company to deliver the customer’s packages into the truck of the car. Phrame delivers almost everything from everyday products to even fresh groceries.
Phrame’s product, a secured box, fits around the licenses plate and holds the keys to the car. Customers can unlock the box via their smartphone and then the delivery drivers can access the car and drop off the packages in the car.
Along with this, sources also told CNBC about how Amazon is also in the works of developing a smart doorbell device that would allow drivers access into a person’s home to deliver packages, according to two people familiar with the matter.
These new initiatives are part of Amazon’s efforts to increase customer satisfaction and combat problems with unattended delivery. As the eCommerce consumer rate grows, people will have to worry about leaving their packages being left unattended while they are away. This can possibly lead to damage or theft of the products.
This will also reduce the amount of stolen packages that Amazon has had to face in the past. The stolen packages in the past have also costed Amazon greatly.
Although it is not reported how many packages are stolen, according to the smart doorbell maker August, 11 million U.S. homeowners had a package stolen in 2016, and a survey by Shorr Packaging showed 31 percent of U.S. shoppers have experienced package theft.
This speculation also comes shortly after Amazon announced to test its own delivery service. The company is trying to create its own delivery service to make more products available for free two day delivery and to decrease inventory in the overcrowded warehouses, which the company is calling “Seller Flex”, according to sources.
The potential business with Phrame and even Amazon’s own delivery service will heavily benefit both the customers and the businesses itself. Customers can relax knowing the fact that their packages will be inside their homes or cars. This will also combat the growing problem of package theft for company’s businesses that use Amazon to sell their products.
Phrame and Amazon both declined to comment on the matter.