DHL is in talks with Volvo that could allow it to open the doors of Volvos to deliver parcels.
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is in talks with Volvo Car Group on a partnership that would allow the parcel-delivery service to remotely open autos made by the Swedish manufacturer, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because details are private. Discussions with other automakers are also ongoing, and a program that enables one-time access by a delivery agent may be announced in the coming weeks, one of the people said.
The offering would follow a pilot project in Sweden that used Volvo’s GPS-linked On Call service to enter vehicles. DHL would only get access after the owner accepts delivery via text message. Volvo Cars and Deutsche Post declined to comment on any talks.
The program could help Volvo set itself apart from upscale brands like BMW, which sells more than three times as many cars. The unit of billionaire Li Shufu’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. targets doubling sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020. Meanwhile, Deutsche Post is trying new ways to make sure goods are delivered safely on the first attempt, a crucial part of maintaining profitability of such operations.
Missed deliveries are the bane of online shoppers, and a profit-sapping cost burden to package handlers such as Bonn-based Deutsche Post. Europe’s biggest mail carrier needs more than one attempt on more than 50 million shipments in Germany each year.