Amazon Scout, a robot that delivers Amazon packages to customer’s houses, is now expanding from Seattle to Southern California, Irvine specifically. Only a small number of packages will be delivered through Amazon Scout Monday through Friday in daytime hours. Customers will order normally and could receive a delivery from Scout or a regular home delivery.
Scout honors Amazon’s same-day, one-day and two-day shipping for Prime members. Initially, the delivery robot will be accompanied by an Amazon Scout Ambassador, according to a blog post from Amazon. While the company is still in field test mode for the Amazon Scout, they plan to expand their product to other locations in the future.
Amazon Incentivizes Employees To Start Delivery Businesses
In the spring of 2019, Amazon expanded its Delivery Service Partner program in the United States in hopes for getting former employees to start their own delivery businesses, reducing Prime shipping speeds. The company will give former employees $10,000 to fund their startup costs, along with three months of their former gross salaries at Amazon. Previously, many employees wanted to join the program, but felt held back financially, according to Dave Clark, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations.
In-Car Delivery With Amazon Key
Amazon also unleashed another delivery program, in-car delivery through Amazon Key. With this program, users can get delivered in their cars, whether they’re home or not. It’s intended for people on vacations or people who want to keep a package a secret. However, Amazon Key In-Car is on available for the following types of cars:
- 2015 or newer Chevrolet with an active OnStar account
- 2015 or newer Buick with an active OnStar account
- 2015 or newer GMC with an active OnStar account
- 2015 or newer Cadillac with an active OnStar account
- 2015 or newer Volvo with an active Volvo On Call account.
It is unclear how Amazon’s previous delivery programs will be affected by the Amazon Scout, which automates the process of delivery.