Asda is launching a trial of new secure lock boxes at customers homes allowing them to receive deliveries while they are out.
According to The Grocer, Asda has begun installing the ‘delivery boxes’ in customers homes across Yorkshire, Wales, the north east and the south.
The boxes, which come in two sizes, have enough room to store either four or six bags of shopping and will feature insulating material to keep items at the “correct product temperature”.
Delivery drivers will access the box with a code and will then lock it to keep the items secure until the customer arrives home.
The trial will last for 12 weeks, and Asda says it plans to expand its reach later this year.
According to iParcelBox, British police recorded 3715 instances of parcel theft throughout 2018 and 2019, but this number is has risen significantly throughout the pandemic.
A University College London study reported that statistics on UK package theft throughout the pandemic are hard to come by, but figures from the US suggest between 18 and 36 per cent of households have been victims of “porch piracy”.
One study suggested that 90,000 items were stolen or mis-delivered each day in New York alone.