Receive your takeaway or grocery delivery via an underground tube that leads to a big mailbox-like container in front of your house.
The delivery industry is huge, but it could be even more efficient, convenient and safer, not to mention reduce traffic. Imagine receiving takeaways/groceries to your house even when you're not there.
People who don't want to interact with the delivery person because they're concerned about safety or want to protect their identity would benefit from this concept.
This would be perfect for people living in rural areas who want to enjoy the food of their favourite restaurant or don't want to drive for kilometres to buy groceries.
This idea, if it became prevalent, would change the model of the businesses involved. Their main operation would be back of house (sending deliveries), and they would reduce the employees working front of house.
Tubes are fitted across neighbourhoods, and interested residents would subscribe to a big mailbox in front of their house, like the ones you see in old movies.
A consumer places an order with an app and pays. The business loads the items into a container (think medical totes) and directs the container to the address by inputting a code on the panel. The distribution point would be the business's back of house, a tube in the wall that leads underground.
The container reaches the mailbox and empties the content before automatically returning to the sender. The app notifies the customer of the delivery.
The resident's mailbox has a heating function to keep takeaways warm.
This could eventually lead to the delivery of all packages.
How would you make this idea better?