Following the successful trial of a new in-car delivery service, Volvo is ready to now offer it to customers.
The service provides a delivery person with location information for the package owner’s car and a code that provides one-time access. It means a package can be left secure in the car ready for pick up at the owner’s convenience.
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The service is being run with high-speed delivery firm Urb-it. The Swedish startup employs students and other part-time workers who get paid per delivery and the person making the order can choose who they want to have deliver their package.
Volvo in-car delivery trial in Gothenburg, SwedenEnlarge Photo
Once the delivery person receives the order on their smartphone, they collect the package at the store by presenting a special order code. They then take the package and deliver it directly to the owner’s car within two hours of the order being made.
“It's really quite simple, which is what makes it so effective. You shop online from an Urb-it enabled store and simply choose to have the shopping delivered to your Volvo. This can be at a pre-determined time that suits you, or as quickly as possible. You can follow the collection and delivery process on your mobile device if you wish, or just wait for confirmation of delivery. If the package is not delivered in less than two hours, delivery is free,” said Björn Annwall, Volvo’s marketing and sales chief.
Unfortunately, Volvo’s in-car delivery service is currently available in the Swedish city of Stockholm only. Availability to Volvo owners will increase as the service expands to several European cities this year and over 200 cities worldwide by 2025.