To fight with Walmart in the retail sector, e-commerce giant Amazon is developing a smart doorbell which can grant door access to deliverymen so they can place packages inside the house, according to a report by CNBC.
Amazon’s smart doorbell will give delivery drivers a one-time access code to enter the house to drop off items securely. It not only boosts Amazon’s ability to compete with Walmart, but also lowers the chance of packages being stolen at the front door.
According to smart doorbell maker August, there were 11 million U.S. homeowners who had their packages stolen in 2016. Another survey by Shorr Packaging indicated that 31% of U.S. shoppers have experienced package theft.
Just recently, Walmart built up a partnership with August on in-home delivery. Once August owners said yes to this trial service after placing orders, the delivery driver will receive a one-time passcode to enter the house secured by August lock. Since the project from Walmart includes grocery delivery service, the driver may even place cold and frozen groceries inside a refrigerator.
Walmart customers will get notifications on their smartphones once the one-time passcode is entered and another alert when the door is locked after the entry. If the customers have security cameras at home, they may also watch the whole delivery process via live feeds on their smartphones.
Entering the smart doorbell business is a new move of Amazon. Considering its vast resources and its foundation in the smart home sector, it is hardly an impossible task for the e-commerce giant. Google’s sister company Nest has also launched its first smart doorbell device last month.
Besides working on the new gadget, Amazon is also allegedly in talks with Phrame, a maker of smart license plates that can be delivered to a car’s trunk. Getting packages delivered into shoppers’ car trunk may also be an option for Amazon in the future.