- Somewhat off-topic but at least adjacent since I just missed an Apple delivery (MBP16!) by FedEx while I went out for 20 minutes - and now have to go to the dist. center, or have them inefficiently (for them and me) try again tomorrow…
- This is country-specific, of course (so for me: USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.). I’d be interested to hear what, if anything, shippers are doing in other countries.
- Amazon is always a controversial topic but here I’m only considering their innovations in shipping (e.g. Amazon Key).
Amazon will open my garage door opener to securely deliver, even if I’m home. Since the entry into my house from the garage is locked, I prefer this to Amazon unlocking my front door even though I have a smart lock. But, of course, Amazon offers the smart lock option as well. This is great because nothing ever sets on the porch (our neighborhood has a lot of package theft) and I don’t have to be there or even be interrupted to answer the door if I am home. Alternatively, I could choose to have Amazon deliver it to one of multiple “locker” locations near me.
It feels like the other carriers are lagging or doing nothing to offer similar conveniences (when they save everyone, including the shippers, money are they even conveniences?). Sometimes I can “intercept” UPS packages on their way to me and have them diverted by to a local UPS store if I’m going to be out but its very inconsistent - maybe 50% of UPS deliveries. I’m signed up for UPS Choice but they don’t always send me email about a package and that’s the only way I’ve found to have them divert. Definitely no in-garage/home options. And FedEx doesn’t seem to have any way to do this at all.
Anyone have tips on avoiding the hassle of missed/stolen deliveries when not coming from Amazon?