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If you’ve ever lived in an apartment, you know how difficult it can be to receive packages.
They get lost, misplaced, or dropped in front of the wrong door all the time.
Amazon wants to change this with what is, essentially, a big digital storage unit for your apartment building.
Amazon Hub is a new system that’s similar to the online retailer’s locker units that safely stores packages inside locked boxes so you can retrieve your items whenever is most convenient for you by using a special unlock code.
According to the Hub webpage, it’s built for use by residents of apartment buildings and housing complexes.
Indoor and outdoor “hubs” are available, depending on the layout of the apartment structure, and the physical unit starts at 6 feet wide and includes over 20 compartments. When a package is delivered, it is safely stored in a locked box. Residents use the touchscreen keypad to enter a unique code that unlocks the individual unit that contains their package. Residents can pick up packages at any time since the hub doesn’t require personnel to operate.
Amazon is billing it as “self-service delivery” and a system that can benefit apartment owners by “freeing you and your staff from daily package management.”
Hubs are not exclusively for Amazon packages either.
The company says any delivery service can use hubs, meaning residents could get packages from USPS, FedEx, UPS, and others delivered to the locked boxes.
It’s unclear how those companies would deliver unlock codes to residents, though.
Amazon would likely send residents their unlock code via e-mail or through the Amazon mobile app.
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