As many people in Winnipeg gear up for Christmas, the prospect of coming home and finding that you missed a parcel delivery becomes a regular occurrence. In some cases apartment and condo managers are now refusing to allow delivery onto the property of parcels because so many are coming in. Many Super Mailboxes are not big enough to receive many parcels and as some people have found out, a parcel left on your doorstep can be stolen!
As many people soon find out, you have to tramp down to a place to pick up the parcel and may have to do this repeatedly. Not all these places are 24 hours. In fact, most aren’t. On occasions, some packages end up being sent back to the sender as they are not picked up in time.
It now appears that a new business to deal with the onslaught of parcel deliveries is starting to take hold. In Toronto, InPost has been setting up multiple 24 hour automated parcel pick-up places conveniently located near where people live, work, shop and go for recreation. Pick-up is as easy as stopping at Superstore and getting your package in under a minute. Or at your local gas station.
InPost has said they are coming to Winnipeg in the next year. It is hard not to think that landlords across Canada are going to love this. It will give some a chance to earn rent from the boxes, for others it will mean no more clutter of packages piling up at their buildings and for parcel delivery services, it will be a quick way to deliver a lot of packages while making their deadlines.
Expect to see the InPost boxes in Winnipeg in the new year.
This has been a guest editorial by John Dobbin.
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