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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
From TechCrunch - July 13, 2017

Jet, the online retailer bought by Walmart last year, has struck a deal with smart access provider Latch in an effort to make deliveries easier for its customers in urban areas.

Over 100,000 residents living in 1,000 buildings will get free and full access to Latchs residential R system for the exterior door of their building, with the install paid for by a joint investment from Jet and Latch.

This means residents can use their phone as a key, grant access to guests without walking downstairs and of course get packages delivered safely without being home.Building managers can also use Latchs system to grant access to trusted delivery providers like USPS at their discretion, but all of these 1,000 units will already be set up to provide access to Jets delivery partners.

To be clear, this is a marketing partnership and not an operational one. There wont be any significant integrations with Jets backend, besides the startup 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, like fresh groceries.

But, at least its a marketing partnership that provides a tangible benefit to a lot of New Yorkers.

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