Amazon Can Now Make Deliveries to Your Garage
Amazon has announced that its garage delivery service, Key for Garage, will be available for select Prime members beginning today. Key for Garage is an extension of Amazon Key, which debuted back in 2017, that allows delivery drivers to drop off packages inside a home, trunk, or business.
“We know it is important to keep innovating to make delivery as convenient as possible for customers, which is why we’re excited to now have Key for Garage available,” said Rohit Shrivastava, GM of Key by Amazon. “Today, we are thrilled to open Key by Amazon to millions of Prime members who can now have their Amazon packages delivered securely to their garages. With this new option, members can truly unlock the convenience of the Amazon experience.”
Those interested in using the service must first purchase one of two Key Smart Garage Kits: the myQ Smart Garage Hub or a new myQ-connected Chamberlain or LiftMaster Wi-Fi garage door opener. Homes already integrated with one of these technologies will just need to be linked to Amazon and myQ accounts in the Key by Amazon app. Users can also add a Cloud Cam to their kit to access a live stream of their home at any time via the app.
“A recent survey found 72% of Americans who live in a house or townhome take extra measures to ensure delivery acceptance of their packages, including staying home from work to wait for the package,” said Jeff Meredith, CGI President and Chief Operating Officer. “With Key by Amazon, homeowners no longer have to reorganize their life to receive packages. Key plus myQ smart garage access gives homeowners control over the package delivery process while offering a safe and convenient destination for unattended package delivery.”
Of course, shoppers are not required to use Amazon Key for every package they receive. The service might make more sense for larger ticket items as opposed to say a few bottles of shampoo. But allowing deliveries to be dropped off in a garage as opposed to the main area of the home could give people greater piece of mind. For example, they could lock up the doorway that leads to the rest of the home and secure belongings kept in the garage to ensure the utmost precautions are taken. Though Key for Garage may feel a bit invasive, it’s really one of the only ways to prevent "porch pirates" from snatching your packages while you are away.