Using Smart Lockers in Education, beyond mail and parcels
Smart lockers are proven to reduce on-campus mail room labour resources by as much as a third because nearly anything can be delivered safely and securely into a locker. Ikea furniture? Check. Care package from home? Check. New laptop? Check.
A whopping 80% of all online orders and packages, including groceries, medications, bedroom accessories, and more, can be delivered directly to a Quadient parcel locker. Operational savings are more important now than ever, and this is where smart lockers can really make a tangible impact - reducing manual operations and saving staff time.
The Campus Hub empowers universities and colleges to leverage smart lockers to disseminate much more than just mail and packages, this includes:
Library Materials: Books, articles, and other materials students may need from the library. All information is tracked and saved providing a full chain of custody.
Electronics: Student laptops, tablets, and other school-owned devices can be disseminated.
Course Equipment: Course leaders and lecturers can distribute equipment for projects and students can easily and safely return the items.
Coursework: By monitoring the time stamp produced at drop-off, the lockers have been used by universities to allow students to submit important submissions such as student dissertations; helping to ease the staff pressure of manually processing thousands of physical submissions at peak deadline times.
Meals: A student can simply place an order for a meal online via the university’s dining software and then pick up their items safely without physical contact with anyone.
Student Post: Inbound parcels, post and other regular mail. As Quadient lockers are carrier-agnostic, all couriers can deliver into them. They can be used for internal communications too!
Move-in/Move-out Materials: Items such as keys, ID cards, welcome packets and other important school materials can be shared with students via smart lockers.
Event Tickets: Tickets for sporting events, Fresher's week events and other student activities can be distributed via smart lockers to minimise queues and contact with ticket agents.
Having the ability to drop off laptops, library materials and outgoing packages with a secure timestamp back to each department maintains the chain of custody and reduces the need to install multiple systems.
But picking up goods and assets is not enough. Returns are becoming a major problem as well.
These smart lockers in the hub also can be used to return goods and assets.
With the ability to move all sorts of goods and items on-campus quickly, easily and securely, colleges and universities are providing a safe, contactless and premium student experience while also saving valuable staff time and resources.
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