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Jet.com Is Installing Latch Access Systems in 1,000 NYC Apartment Buildings for Easier Deliveries

Jet.com Is Installing Latch Access Systems in 1,000 NYC Apartment Buildings for Easier Deliveries TechCrunch (07/13/17) Tepper, Fitz

Jet, the online retailer acquired bought by Wal-Mart Stores in 2016, has struck a deal with smart access provider Latch to make deliveries easier for its customers in urban areas. More than 100,000 residents living in 1,000 New York City apartment buildings will get free and full access to Latch's residential "R" system for the exterior door of their building, with the installation paid for by a "joint investment" from Jet and Latch. This means residents can use their cell phone as a key; grant access to guests without walking downstairs; and, of course, get packages delivered safely without being home. In addition, building managers can use Latch's system to grant access to trusted delivery providers like USPS at their discretion.

It should be noted that this is a marketing partnership and not an operational one. There will not be any significant integrations with Jet's backend, besides the start-up knowing if you live in a Latch building and prompting you to take advantage of this by ordering things that typically require a doorman or smart access system -- fresh groceries, for example. The partnership is also further proof that Jet is taking its focus on urban and metro areas seriously.