Hermes unveils new features for Alexa Skill solution

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Hermes has launched a new range of features for its Alexa Skill solution, which is designed to provide customers with more control over the delivery of their parcels. The move forms part of Hermes’ commitment to using smart technology to further improve the customer experience.

Last year Hermes became the first parcel company in the UK to fully integrate its end-to-end tracking solution with Amazon’s line of Echo smart speakers, powered by digital assistant Alexa. The solution’s new features include a ParcelShop finder, which determines the location of the nearest Hermes ParcelShop, the ability to set a designated safe place or choose to have your parcel delivered to a neighbor when not at home, and an enhanced returns process.

Consumers asking Hermes to return their orders via Alexa Skill will be emailed a QR code and PIN that allows them to print a returns label at the nearest ParcelShop. Updates for the Amazon Echo Spot and Echo Show also include the ability to view a SafePlace photo or signature when a parcel has been delivered.

Chris Ashworth, CIO at Hermes UK, said, “Our commitment to innovation and our desire to continuously enhance our range of delivery solutions is driven by consumer feedback and improving the customer experience. Off the back of becoming the first UK parcel company to integrate our tracking solution with Alexa, we have set another technology milestone by introducing new functionality that boosts the consumer experience and will drive repeat sales for retailers.”

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