SEATTLE—It’s been about 18 months since Amazon launched its in-car delivery for Prime members who drive a Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or Volvo, and the retailer just announced that it will be expanding the service to 50 U.S. localities, Adweek reports. Key by Amazon will also deliver to compatible Ford vehicles.
Amazon is ramping up its publicity for in-car delivery for this holiday season as an option for time-strapped Prime members. Members simply need to download the Amazon Key app, then synch it with their connected car service account. For deliveries, the app lets customers check if they’ve parked in the right place and gives updates on the package delivery schedule.
Two years ago, Amazon started in-home deliveries, which it also expanded to include garages earlier in 2019. Amazon also offers more than 900 pickup locker locations and thousands of Hub Counters at retailers like GNC and Rite Aid.
Retailers are striving to offer new ways to ship and interact with customers. For example, Walmart has free next-day delivery on thousands of items, same-day pickup for grocery and online orders, and free two-day shipping. Walmart also has an in-kitchen and in-garage delivery option in a handful of cities. Meanwhile, Target provides same-day pickup across the country, with employees bringing the items directly to customers’ vehicles.