November 6, 2017: and now it's official - Amazon has also figured out that people's cars and their trunks can be used more efficiently than having them sit idle all day. In a partnership with Phrame, Amazon plans to deliver packages to consumers' car trunks using a secure lock and app. Obviously this is a step in the right direction, but why not go one step further and have car trunks also be used for consumer-to-consumer delivery? Instead of dropping off packages in cars that could be the target of thieves, have the owners of empty car trunks get your packages delivered to your home. Check out how by trying our iOS app!
October 21, 2017: car manufacturers have started trials to drop shopping items or goods in people's car trunks, since most of the time they sit idle and empty and they are much easier to access than getting deliveries to consumers' homes. Daimler's SMART car division has developed a service in some German cities in partnership with DHL Paket to allow owners of SMART cars to get items delivered in their trunk using a secure app. That's a great way of extending the value of people's wasted car trunks, and Trunkshare can make that even more compelling by allowing people who don't own a car to leverage other people's car trunk!
October 9, 2017: earlier this year Amazon announced that it has launched a new service to make delivery of packages to consumers' homes even easier. And the service is not only for parcels you may be expecting from Amazon, but from anyone who delivers at your home. The Hub is a parcel delivery locker built into apartment homes that tries to solve a challenge many logistics companies struggle with, i.e. the last-mile/last-feet delivery. For consumers the benefit is that they don't need to worry about staying at home to accept important deliveries or take the risk that their package may be stolen on their porch or in their building's lobby. Trunkshare fits well into this model as it can leverage The Hub to ensure your delivery is securely stored right at your doorstep.
October 17, 2017: to furher improve their home delivery capabilities DHL is starting to explore ways to develop autonomous delivery trucks. Partnering with NVIDIA, the company will start testing electric vehciles powered with AI tech to enable delivery without a driver. It's clear that delivery companies like DHL and UPS are looking for ways to make the "last-mile" delivery of consumer purchases easier and more cost-efficient. Trunkshare supports this type of innovation and encourages consumers to use the power of fellow drivers to reduce cars on the road and make same-day home delivery affordable and easy!
June 1, 2017: today Walmart announced that it is recruiting its workers to deliver purchases from its customers on their way home. Although the idea in itself is not that exotic, what is interesting is that it validates the rise of car trunk sharing amongs consumers. By partnering with existing ride-sharing companies like Uber, Walmart is effectively diversifying its delivery arm from traditional companies like FedEx and UPS, to consumer-based delivery. Trunkshare can enable this business model through our app and will offer Walmart customers and workers an easy platform to facilitate affordable local delivery.