Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DHL Parcel, Amazon and Audi Launch Pilot Project for Car Drop Delivery

Bonn – April 22, 2015: In May 2015, DHL Parcel, Amazon and Audi will team up to launch a Germany-wide pilot project for a brand new service that will allow car owners to use their cars as mobile delivery addresses for their parcel shipments. The three project partners have developed and tested their unique solution for car trunk delivery the past several months to ensure high security standards for both merchandise and automobiles. For the customer, the service is designed to be simple, transparent and easily manageable at all stages of the process – from order placement on, parcel transport by DHL, to delivery to the trunk of their Audi.

“As an innovation leader in the parcel industry, we continually work with our partners to develop innovative solutions for the ever-growing number of parcel customers, and to set new trends,” says Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member for the Post - eCommerce - Parcel division at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “This pilot project for car trunk delivery for private customers is unique in the German parcel industry; it demonstrates once again our market and innovation leadership as well as our commitment to parcel delivery services tailored more and more to the individual needs of our customers.”

DHL Parcel, Amazon and Audi plan to conduct their joint pilot project over the course of several months in the greater area of Munich, during which selected customers will have the chance to test the new delivery solution. Customers taking part in the early stage of the pilot will be registered by Audi.

Using a specially developed smart phone app, the DHL delivery agent receives the exact location of the car as well as access to the vehicle’s trunk. After the deliverymen have placed the item in the trunk and closed its door, the car is then locked automatically. DHL receives confirmation via the app and the car owner is informed of the successful delivery via email.

Using the car as a mobile delivery address is an especially attractive alternative for commuters. Whether parked in the company parking lot or at a Park & Ride lot, the postman can use the app to locate the automobile and place the item securely in the trunk of the car. Along with its Packstation, parcel box, and preferred location solutions, this latest innovation from DHL Parcel – a first on the German market to date – further expands DHL’s extensive offering of delivery options designed to meet the daily needs and requirements of its increasingly mobile customers.

DHL is a global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-commerce, technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.