It’s hard to believe that most students enrolling at university this year will have been born right around the time that Amazon was only just turning a profit. Since the early 2000s, ecommerce has revolutionized how we purchase goods, with many of us choosing to have the majority of things we buy delivered straight to our front door

The students of today will have grown up around this level of convenience and, as they depart for life on campus, they will be updating their delivery addresses so that they can continue to make quick and easy purchases for everything they’re used to ordering online.  And being away from home means they’ll also be ordering all the new things they’ll need to get through the school year like text books, writing materials or even laptops and tablets to assist with their learning.

With so many students ordering large numbers of packages and parcels to university campus locations, the risk of mail being lost or stolen is increased. It’s extremely unlikely that students will receive their packages by hand, as USPS or courier workers would be on campus all day – instead, in-coming mail will need to be sorted and distributed by university staff.

Even then, with each student having a varied timetable of classes, it will be extremely difficult for them to be located so that their packages can be delivered directly to them. Campuses are very difficult environments to manage from this perspective. The number of people entering and leaving the site at all times throughout the day and night, means that specialized solutions are required to help keep people, and their property, safe and secure.

 

Tracking and storage to address concerns

Two of the most effective ways to alleviate concerns over mail security and management are inbound mail tracking systems and smart lockers. Combined, these solutions can help provide peace of mind in university campus environments for a number of reasons.

An inbound parcel tracking solution gives transparency and full visibility of an inbound packages' journey from delivery to recipient. It comprises of recording and labelling software, handheld scanners, and web tracking reporting systems that allow mail recipients and administrative staff to track inbound parcels in real time, whether it is in receipt, transit or delivery. In the university campus environment, it will allow students to plan their movements around receipt of mail items, as well as help address any concerns regarding lost items, reducing complaints and enquiries about delayed parcels.

What is a parcel locker?

Parcel lockers provide additional assurances about the location and security of mail items, as well as providing recipients with the added convenience of a ‘click and collect’ experience. By electing to have their post delivered to a secure locker, students can automatically be notified when their packages have arrived, and then pick up packages at any time that suits them. Smart lockers are reinforced and secure, providing recipients with passcodes to access their mail. This removes the risk of packages being lost or stolen from communal areas.

Students and staff on university campuses have far more important priorities than worrying about locating packages and delivering or collecting them. Thankfully, with the right technologies in place, those worries can be removed.

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