Amazon, Walmart and big shipping companies are exploring ever more inventive ways of getting their wares past customers' front doors, with the goal of dropping packages inside homes or even, for groceries, inside refrigerators.
But consumers haven't necessarily bought into the concept yet.
According to a recent Recode survey conducted by SurveyMonkey, just 5% of Amazon Prime subscribers say they will definitely buy an Amazon Key, a smart lock that allows for in-home delivery. Some 58% said they definitely weren't interested.
Interestingly, the proportion of those who said they'd purchase an Amazon Key was roughly similar regardless of whether or not the respondent was an Amazon Prime subscriber.
Meanwhile, Walmart is working with August Home, a provider of smart locks and smart home accessories, on a program where drivers from same-day delivery service Deliv bring grocery orders into the home. Those customers receive a notification on their phones when the delivery is happening and have the option of watching in real time as their orders are dropped inside their home, while their perishable grocery orders are placed inside their refrigerators.