Not at home? Amazon wants to be available in and drop off plans

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Richard Drew/ AP In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, file image, the Amazon logo is displayed at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017|8:23 a.m.

New York City– Would you let a stranger in your home to drop off a package? Amazon hopes so.

The online seller said Wednesday that it will introduce a service next month called Amazon Secret that would enable shipment people to walk into your home and drop off a box when you’re not there.

Those who want to use the service would have to be an Amazon Prime member and would need to buy a cam and a Wi-Fi-connected lock from the Seattle-based company that begins at $250. Consumers will then be able to select in-home delivery on the Amazon app.

When the delivery person shows up, they will knock initially, scan the bundle and Amazon will make sure the messenger is at the ideal home and unlock the door. No codes are required and the indoor camera will record the in-home shipment.

Walmart is checking a similar service in California’s Silicon Valley, which lets delivery individuals drop off bundles or stock the fridge with groceries purchased from Walmart.com. The delivery person is offered a one-time code to open the door and Walmart stated customers will get an alert on their smart devices when someone enters.

Amazon Inc. stated its service will be readily available Nov. 8 in 37 cities, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Denver. The business said the clever lock can also be utilized to let in housemaids to scrub the kitchen area, pet walkers to take your furry pal for a walk or out-of-town visitors who want to make themselves in your home.

The business said its in-home delivery service is covered by the Amazon Secret Joy Assurance, which covers delivery concerns, residential or commercial property damage or theft. And Amazon said the shipments are carried out by chauffeurs who are vetted with background checks and driving record evaluations.

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