Smart-lock startup August Home is offering a service
called August Access to retailers, which enables couriers to
access customers’ houses when no one is home.
have rolled out similar services.
Walmart made waves last year when it announced new services that
allow couriers to enter customers’ houses to deliver packages
when no one is home.
Now many more retailers will be able to offer that service,
thanks to the smart-lock startup August Home.
August Home announced Tuesday that it’s rolling out a new in-home
delivery service called August Access that will be available to
The service, in partnership with the home delivery company Deliv,
will allow retailers’ delivery services to access customers’
homes through smart locks, and then leave packages inside.
In order to participate in the program, customers must purchase a
smart lock from August Home or its parent company, Assa
Retailers that offer August Access will prompt customers to
select that as a delivery option at checkout.
When a courier arrives at a customer’s home, he or she will ring
the doorbell. If no one is home, a temporary code will be sent to
the courier to unlock the customer’s door.
“Through this unique partnership, we are bringing a bit of
magic to the shopping experience,” Daphne Carmeli, CEO of Deliv,
said in a statement to TechCrunch. “Deliv provides the last mile
fulfillment solution for a broad retailer network across the
country while August Home supplies the technology to take the
final step into the home for a totally seamless experience, start