Amazon makes their own version of the P.O Box

Amazon now it wants to play an even more involved role in how packages are delivered. The company’s latest product, called Hub, is designed to act like a mailbox–not just for Amazon mail, but for any packages or deliveries. While it does not have AI-powered capabilities and it is not a large acquisition, it is a look at where Amazon is headed.

Hub is targeted primarily at residential building owners, and it promises that all packages from any sender will be stored safely and securely. Instead of having packages left at your door, in your lobby, or with a concierge desk, they’re placed within Hub, which has differently sized compartments designed to accommodate most packages. To access your package, you simply enter an access code and one of Hub’s doors will pop open.

Hub aims to fix one of the few areas of package delivery that Amazon doesn’t yet control: the final step between delivery and your actual home. It provides a convenient solution for packages getting delayed because of building hours, lost packages, or theft.

Why it’s hot:

  • One more step to Amazon take-over of all consumer retail interactions – you do not even have to shop on Amazon to interact with them now
  • Might have special implications for Amazon Prime subscribers
  • Whole Foods implications – could make grocery delivery even more appealing – helping food stay fresh

Source: Fast Company

First Digital Measuring Tape to Make Online Shopping Less Risky

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Buying clothes comes with expected hesitation. Everyone knows a small for one brand might be a medium for another. To appease customer anxiety, many e-commerce portals offer easy, no-questions-asked returns. However, shopping online still requires plenty of crossed fingers, and frequent returns can mean losses for entrepreneurs.

A start-up from Italy has invented a connected measuring tape. The device is called On and was developed by start-up XYZE with one goal in mind: to create a works-with-every-brand size code called the “XYZE ID”.

On houses a circular tape that measures seven circumferences from the user. Each measurement step is guided by the custom XYZE app. The tape measure which extends as a single loop allows a person to measure himself-herself without bending around which can ruin the numbers.

The On device relays the measurements to a smartphone via Bluetooth 4. The accompanying app will record the numbers and pair it with a username. The idea is that the next time the user shops online, he or she only needs to enter the username to select the perfect sizes.

The app by XYZE currently works on iOS but an Android version is also in the works. The app is yet to become available and is meant to be powerful tools for sizing. Special tailoring algorithms will process individual measurements. A database of brand sizing charts will be used to generate what size the user is for each brand. Instead of just matching numbers, XYZE will use measurement ratios to find the perfect fit.

The On is available for pre-order on Indiegogo.

Why It’s Hot

We see a lot of innovation starting in the retail space — and this is one to which I say “it’s about time.” It’s a much needed solution that could take clothing shopping online to another (comfort) level I could personally get on board with.