Lockers: Private vs Public
July 21, 2016
Lockers have experienced somewhat of a revival in the last few years. Innovation in their design and new applications are contributing to this rebirth of the humble locker. It’s in public spaces that this renaissance is most pronounced, but with tweaks to how they are used, we believe they could become equally popular in private spaces as well.
Lockers in delivery solutions
It’s the rise of online shopping that we can mainly thank for the growth of locker use. Online shopping is great and convenient, especially when your delivery can fit through the letter box. For larger packages, if you’re not in to collect your package, online shopping becomes more of a hassle.
According to CEO of InPost UK, Ian Caminsky:
“50% of households are typically unattended during normal working hours [and] 48% of consumers say that they don’t have a safe place for parcels to be left when they are not at home.”
Following in the steps of Amazon in the UK and UPS in the Unites States, InPost UK is partnering with a number of travel hubs around the UK to provide delivery lockers. These are lockers you can choose to have your parcels sent to rather than your home. You receive a code for your assigned locker and can pick up your packages while out and about, rather than arriving home to find a missed delivery note. InPost has new locations with Transport for London (TfL), Great Western Railway, and Virgin Trains.
Private lockers in private spaces
We believe here at BioStore, that with the right technology, lockers could see a revival in closed environments. One time codes make sense in a public locker solution, such as delivery lockers. However, in a closed environment, you can do so much more. By integrating with a powerful Identity Management solution, you can provide the users of your system with an incredibly convenient and easy to use system.
Students at a school or employees at an office could access lockers using the same biometric, smartcard or passcode they use for all the other solutions, such as registering attendance, cashless catering, printing or accessing the building.
Such a solution has the benefit of being extremely easy to manage from a central hub. Reassigning a locker to a new user is hassle free, and requires no key exchange.
With new ideas for what lockers can “deliver”, they are experiencing a revival in public places. With new technology and new ideas, they could experience a new lease of life in private places too.