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Amazon to Soon Deliver Packages Right in Your Garage

Key for Garage will be available in the US in the second quarter

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The logo of Amazon, online retailer is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, France. VOA

To enhance its in-home delivery service, Amazon has launched new products and tools within its “Key by Amazon” offering for Prime members, beginning with the US.

The online retail giant unveiled “Key for Garage” that will allow customers to monitor and control their garage door via the Key app.

“In addition to receiving deliveries at home and in your car, eligible Amazon Prime members will soon be able to get deliveries in their garage,” Amazon said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Key for Garage” is made possible by integrating Key with CGI’s proprietary “myQ-connected” technology.

“We started with the idea of in-home package delivery and quickly learned that our customers found peace of mind from the control Key gives them over their most important place – their homes – even when they aren’t there themselves,” said Rohit Shrivastava, GM of Key by Amazon.

Amazon launched “Key” in 2017 and the in-car delivery facility later. The new delivery services are available to Prime customers in some markets at no additional cost.

Other offerings include the new Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt — the first WiFi-enabled smart lock for Key.

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The smart lock offers an innovative option for any customer who wants to experience the magic of a keyless life without any additional hub or hardware.

“Even with all the advancements in the category, we recognized there was still a gap in simple, secure, high performance and cost-effective, all-in-one access solutions,” said Lee Odess, Vice President, Solutions Providers Business at Allegion, maker of Schlage locks.

“Key for Business” is a smart fob for drivers delivering Amazon packages to commercial and residential properties.

“The technology allows building owners and managers to give controlled access to delivery drivers to drop off Amazon packages to their residents, and eliminate the need for building staff to manually give access each time deliveries are made,” said amazon.

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The Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt is available for pre-order for $249.99 or $299.99 when bundled with an Amazon Cloud Cam. It will begin shipping to the US customers on March 5.

Key for Garage will be available in the US in the second quarter. (IANS)

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Festival Sales by Amazon, Flipkart Violating FDI Norms

“Such festive sales offering deep discounts are nothing but influencing the prices directly or indirectly which is a clear violation of the policy,” it said

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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

Reiterating its demand for ban on festival sales by Amazon and Flipkart, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Tuesday said that the two e-commerce majors are flouting the norms for foreign direct investment (FDI) by carrying out festival sales.

The traders’ body urged the Commerce Minister to look into the violation of the FDI policy by these e-commerce companies and impose a ban on the declared festival sales. It also urged the government to institute an investigation into the business models of these companies.

“Holding such sales and offering deep discounts are clear violations of Press Note No.2 of FDI policy 2018. The CAIT has earlier written to Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to ban the declared festival sales by these e-commerce portals,” a CAIT statement said.

“CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal strongly opposed the statements of Amazon and Flipkart that appeared in media couple of days back that they empower the sellers on their respective platforms to decide the prices and offer their choice of selection to customers at the prices they deem fit and offer best value of their products to consumers.

“The said statement of both the companies are devoid of any logic and just an eye wash to keep right the wrong practices they are conducting on their platform,” it said.

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New e-commerce norms to impact e-tailers: Flipkart. IANS

Khandelwal also said that these companies are indulging in blatant violation of the FDI policy of the Centre. CAIT noted that the key provisions of the FDI policy say that 100 per cent FDI is allowed in the e-commerce marketplace model and under which e-commerce companies can act only act as technical platforms.

The policy clearly says that e-commerce entities will not influence the prices directly or indirectly and shall maintain a level playing field, the statement said.

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“Since these e-commerce companies are not owners of the inventory how can they offer deep discounts on the inventory hold by the sellers registered on their platform. As per policy, it should be the seller offering discounts but in this case the discounts are offered by e-commerce companies which is again a violation of e-commerce policy.

“Such festive sales offering deep discounts are nothing but influencing the prices directly or indirectly which is a clear violation of the policy,” it said. (IANS)