E-fulfilment company Home Delivery Access has begun trialling Delivery Point, a unique smart lock' system enabling suppliers to deliver goods to garages, porches or other parts of properties while customers are not at home. The Delivery Point system is more flexible than others on the unattended home delivery market because it does not require an unsightly box to be fitted externally to properties, explained HDA director David Phillips. HDA aims to secure three to four top tier' retailers plus a raft of smaller suppliers for the launch early next year. Once the goods are delivered, HDA issues a confirmation code or digital proof of delivery for suppliers/delivery firms, while customers are alerted by e-mail or text message that goods have arrived. The locking device can be fitted to most properties. HDA is working with property developers to incorporate the system into new housing. By 2003, the firm anticipates 10% of online shoppers in the UK will have Delivery Point installed. {{NEWS }}