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More In-Home Deliveries on the Way?

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Soon, more delivery companies will try to open customers' doors in order to leave packages behind them, safe and secure, instead of abandoning parcels on outdoor stoops, where they're likelier to be pilfered.

One central figure driving this trend is Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home, a company that was recently acquired by Assa Abloy, a Swedish firm billed as the world's largest lock maker and also the owner of Yale Locks.

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August's signature home-delivery, known as August Access, was formerly Amazon Key before Amazon Key came into being. That service, which started up in October 2017, permitted delivery personnel to enter customers' homes by using a temporary digital key. The key was compatible with Amazon's own smart lock.

But for a couple of years prior, Johnson had been fiddling around with the concept not just for package delivery, but for dry-cleaning delivery companies and pet walkers.

Recently, August announced a new partnership for August Access -- a last-mile delivery logistics company known as Deliv. The partnership was forged in an effort to make a platform for home delivery that August could then sell to regular brick-and-mortar stores. Which suggests that more and more companies might gain access to consumers' homes.

In an interview with CNET, Johnson explained, "We're not announcing the retail partners today. Today, if you order on Walgreens or from Kroger or others, Deliv will do the last mile logistics. They go to the store, pick up the item, they bring it to your house. Today, it's dropped at the door. What we've been working on with Deliv is to enter the front door, just a couple feet and drop it inside."

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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