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Amazon ‘The Hub’ brings delivery lockers to apartment complexes

Amazon 'The Hub' Brings Delivery Lockers to Apartment Complexes SlashGear (07/27/17) Roston, Brittany A.

Amazon has quietly introduced a new delivery locker product for apartment communities. Owners and operators now have the option of having Amazon parcel lockboxes installed directly on their properties. With these, apartment residents can retrieve their packages from a secured box instead of waiting for the delivery person to show up. Getting package deliveries can be tricky if you live somewhere with a high number of people in close proximity. A package left on a door step is a prime target for thieves, with the only other options being for recipients to wait at home to receive the package directly or pick it up from a delivery center. Parcel lockers like the kind Amazon offer strike a balance between those two choices, securing parcels within locked containers that the recipient can retrieve at their convenience outside of typical delivery center hours.

"The Hub" is Amazon's new way to bring these lockers to large apartment communities. They are similar to mailbox clusters used by the USPS and remove the need for FedEx or UPS delivery workers to travel directly to the customer's apartment door. Instead, all of the parcels can be delivered into the single delivery locker station. Amazon's parcel lockers feature a touch-screen display and a keypad. The customer uses their personal package access code to get the package. The Hub lockers can be configured for a particular apartment complex based on its needs, with Amazon offering four different color schemes and at widths as small as six feet.