Shipt Door from the Garage to the Pantry!

IMG_8713Ok, I know I’m dedicated to bringing you all things tech…but this next post isn’t something specifically about technology, but it would fall under the category of innovative and so that’s why I’m including a post on it here.  Additionally, it brings to light a new technology that is available that is changing how households are doing shopping everywhere!

What pre-tell might I be speaking a out?  I’m talking about og-imgShipt…a shopping service that was started in 2014 in Alabama but has expanded to over 240 cities and is adding more everyday.  The entire premise of this service technology is to bring ease and convenience to your life and your household.  Simply sign up for the service (you get a 2 week free trial when you first sign up to try it out), use their shipt_screensuper easy app to enter your shopping list and local shoppers in your area will do all of the shopping leg work for you.

You have the option of choosing one of two plans currently, either an annual $99 plan that works out to as little as $8.25/month or you can choose monthly at $14/month.  You then enter your shopping list and can get same day delivery of your goods….sometimes in as little as 1 hour!  meijer-delivered-by-shipt

The beauty of this system is that you also receive FREE deliver on shopping orders of $35 or more.  Currently in the Greater Grand Rapids Area where I live, you can get items from Meijer or Target through Shipt, but there are many more targetshiptservices that are cropping up as we are constantly looking for ways to add more time and convenience into our days.  To learn more about Shipt, visit their website at www.shipt.com.

Now that brings me to the feature in our recent Parade of Homes house by Miles Builders that I was hoping to speak to you about.  IMG_8731It was the cool little feature in the garage that, besides the awesome cars was creating quite the buzz….it was the “Shipt-Door” as we affectionately called it.  It was a cute little 24″x24″ double IMG_8705door from the garage directly into the pantry.  We called it the “Shipt-Door” because although the builder’s thoughts originally were just to give the homeowner a convenient pass through from the garage to the pantry for their groceries….we thought, with the technology that we provided in the garage that we spoke about in our last post HERE, that this door would be PERFECT for Shipt deliveries!

With having remote access to open and close that garage with MyQ from LiftMaster, the camera system from Hikvision and this “Shipt-Door”, the homeowner could easily order IMG_8744their groceries from anywhere in the world on the Shipt app and when the delivery arrived, they could easily allow their Shipt shopper access to the garage, watch them come in, IMG_8741open the door to the pantry and deliver the groceries and be on their way.  The home owner could easily see the entire transaction transpire from the Hikvision app on their phone.  By just offering access to the pantry, they homeowner still has the ability to maintain their privacy of not letting anyone in the house by making sure that both their garage service door to the house and the pantry door were locked.  The Shipt Shopper would only have access to the garage and the “Shipt-Door” to make deliveries directly to the pantry.  When the homeowner arrived home, their shopping would be complete.

IMG_8738To learn more about this gorgeous custom home, feel free to contact Miles Builders or check out future blog posts here.  To learn more about adding technology like cameras and MyQ to your garage to make using services like Shipt easier and more convenient for you, feel free to contact me at TruMedia or check out my website or Facebook or Instagram.  If you have any ideas or suggestions about technology you’d like to see me review, feel free to send me a message.

Technology in the Garage?

IMG_8728Technology in the garage?  That’s not usually the first two things that you might think about putting together, but the truth is there are LOTS of ways you can incorporated technology in your garage!  I stopped out to the Fall Parade of Homes house that we collaborated on with Miles Builders to show you just a few technologies and cool features that you can incorporate in your garage.

The first thing that I’m excited about for technology in the garage is the “My Q”. In this garage we had the MyQ in a LiftMaster garage door opener, LiftMaster_MyQbut it is also in many Chamberlain garage door openers as well.  The wonderfully crazy thing about this technology is that its built right into most of their garage door models, myq-garageso you don’t even have to purchase the additional technology…you just have to connect it.  Once your garage door opener with MyQ is connected to your home’s wireless network, IMG_8723you just need to download the app to your smart phone or tablet and anywhere in the world you are able to see if your garage door is open or closed, how long it has been in that state and you can choose to open or close it remotely as well.  It also allows you to receive alerts for any changes that have been made to the status.  Not only can you control it from your smart phone or tablet, but you can also control it from your wearable device.  If your current garage door does not have MyQ built in, you can purchase a MyQ Smart Garage Hub to convert your existing garage into a smart garage.

In addition to smart garage door openers, it is now becoming common place to have cameras installed in your garage.  If you have a smart garage door that IMG_8730allows you to let individuals in to make deliveries, it stands to reason that you might want to make sure that all they did was drop off the delivery.  Screen Shot 2018-10-20 at 4.18.24 PMIn this home we also made sure to install cameras not only on the exterior of the house to see who might be coming up the driveway and front entry, but we also located one inside of the garage to make sure that everything is secure.  These cameras can also be viewed from an app on your smart phone, tablet or computer.  It is also possible to draw virtual threshold lines that will send you an alert if their is motion in that space or if an object remains in that space for a predetermined set of time.

If you’d like to learn more about how technology inIMG_8847 your garage can really add to the security and convenience to your space, feel free to visit our website at www.trumediahome.com or visit us on Facebook at @TruMediaHome or on Instagram at @TruMediaHome.