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zBox Tests "Last-Mile" Delivery Solution

zBox Co., which offers a "last-mile" solution for e-commerce delivery, said that the U.S. Postal Service and other major shippers are participating in the alpha test of its "smart" home delivery bin called the zBox.

The alpha test began last week in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The zBox is a solution for online consumers and the shippers and e-tailers that serve them to the problem of how to receive (or return) packages when no one is home.

"We're like aspirin for e-commerce. The zBox will take the headaches out of online shopping for consumers by ensuring that they never have to come home to a front door full of yellow 'Unable To Deliver' stickies, or worry about packages being ruined by bad weather or the neighbor's dog," said Tina Shah, zBox co-founder and chief executive officer.

The zBox is a consumer-friendly secure home delivery bin that will be available in time for the next holiday shopping season, the company says. It is equipped with a 24-hour touch keypad and a proprietary access system that generates a new access code for each package delivery.

Consumers only have to remember a single personal pin code to access the zBox. Consumers can install the zBox in a location of their choice and professional installation is also available. The company said it plans to offer the zBox to consumers in service plans starting at $5 per month.

The zBox will not only receive packages, but will allow consumers to return any online purchase by leaving them in the box. Competition in this space includes Mental Physics, which is developing a similar service for the secure delivery and pickup of packages, even when no one is present to receive them.