Amazon is Taking Over your Apartment Building’s Package Rooms

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Around three months ago, Amazon launched the Hub, its newest delivery locker system designed for apartment buildings and housing complexes.

This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the e-commerce giant signed deals with some of the country’s largest apartment building owners and managers, to install up to 850,000 Hub units across the U.S.

The Hub is about 7 x 7 feet with 42 lockers in various sizes.  It will also have a cellular connectivity so that residents can be notified when there’s a package waiting for them.  With a pin code sent to their smartphones, residents can just pick up their packages anytime they want.

By the way, the Hub will be accepting packages from all carriers – FedEx, Ups, etc., and not just Amazon.

The aim of this locker program is to lessen the amount of time spent by building staff in handling and sorting packages, as well as improve the security around deliveries.

Landlords pay an upfront fee of $10,000 to $20,000 to have the system installed in their building.  According to the Journal, “most landlords said they don’t plan to charge residents but to offer it as an amenity. They could also make back some of that cost in savings on staff labor.”

AvalonBay Communities, Equity Residential, Greystar and Bozzuto Group are among the many companies who signed deals with Amazon.

Want a Hub for your property?  Visit https://thehub.amazon.com.