Last year, August began testing in-home deliveries with Walmart. Now the smart lock maker has made the practice official with the launch of its in-home delivery service, in partnership with Deliv, a last mile logistics company.
August will use its Access platform to support the new delivery option, which already allowed for select deliveries as well as service providers to access your home with a one-time PIN code. Users will be able to order products from participating retailers as usual, and select same-day delivery. If a customer chooses in-home delivery, August will generate a one-time password for the Deliv driver to drop the package off inside your home, and you’ll get a notification on your phone.
August says the delivery option will work with its smart locks, as well as Emtek and Yale smart locks. The move will give Amazon some competition, after the e-commerce giant released its own in-home delivery service called Key late last year.
The big missing piece here is a camera, which August doesn’t make, but Amazon does. Some people may not mind not being able to actually see or have footage of a stranger delivering packages into their home, but it will be a hindrance to many until August either supports or releases an indoor camera.
August is only announcing the platform today, and hasn’t shared which retailers will be participating when everything is up and running, although the company did say it’s open to working with any retailer. We can assume Walmart is on board, given it participated in the pilot test last year, but the rest of the retailers have yet to be announced. For its part, Deliv works with over 4,000 retailers in 35 markets, so even a fraction of those retailers participating could spell plenty of options for consumers.