When people begin to return to their workplaces and resume their activities, they may begin to lose their parcel shipments. In addition, there are those who prefer not to interrupt their activities to open the door despite being at home.
with the rise E-Commerce And the new challenges for logistics companies to create more efficient and safer deliveries, Ford and Hermes, one of the UK’s leading courier companies, have found a solution: Why not deliver packages to vehicles, where they will be? Is it safe and can it be picked up at will?
This pilot project, Safe Vehicle DeliveryLaunched this month in select regions of the UK, it will allow packages to be delivered directly to vehicles located at the driver’s home address. The project also speeds up delivery time by preventing delivery people from having to knock on the door, climb stairs, or find a neighbor to take the package away when no one is home.
This service is offered to the company’s blue oval customers with the FordPass app, expanding its range of connected services. By not having an extra cost and making sure that social distancing requirements are met, Ford and Hermes UK hope to increase the number of participants and expand the scope of the project, such as making returns and allowing deliveries to other locations, for example a customer’s business address.
How it works?
Pilot riders who own a Ford will have the option to ‘deliver to vehicle’ when purchasing from select retailers by providing their location details.
Once the delivery person is within 300 meters of their destination, the vehicle’s location is displayed in the Hermes app. Then it scans the barcode on the customer’s packaging to create a file Code Unique car unlocking device opens the luggage compartment for safe deposit of package.
The delivery operator must then stop the vehicle before proceeding to his next stop. If you cannot do this, the car locks automatically and for added safety, another automatic lock is performed within a specified period of time after the luggage compartment is closed.
Locating and remote unlocking/locking are enabled with permissions granted by the recipient through FordPass. If the vehicle is not within 300 meters of the specified delivery address, the parcel will be delivered to the recipient’s address. This also applies to packages that are too large to fit in the luggage compartment.
“Together with Hermes, we are looking for safer and more efficient ways to deliver packages and meet the growing demand for E-Commerce. Turning a vehicle into a delivery point is very convenient for customers, said Mark Harvey, Ford’s director of commercial communications for Europe, as it gives them control to ensure their package is where they want it, when they want it.
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