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Smart cities are transforming the delivery process – find out how?

What exactly is a smart city? You’ve heard of smart homes and smartphones, which gives you a general idea of what to expect, however, there is more to it than just automating tasks with your voice. A smart city is designed to enhance the lives of the citizens living in it by using technology to solve city problems and provide meaningful services and conveniences. An example of this would be using sensors in parking spaces that connect to your phone so you know which spots are available. But that’s just one of many examples; another incredibly beneficial smart technology addition that can be implemented in smart cities include parcel lockers Edmonton.

How Smart Cities Can Revolutionize Delivery

With more people shopping online than ever before, smarter solutions to make the delivery process more efficient are starting to come into view. Let’s consider just how many kilometers delivery drivers travel to drop off packages at individual places that are spread apart around the city. This is not only inefficient, but it also emits more pollutants.

Home deliveries are not going away any time soon and are still needed, but when considering what the goal of a smart city is, there are major benefits to utilizing parcel contactless smart lockers in Vancouver. Let’s say you are heading home from work on a train, instead of worrying about whether you missed a delivery window or, worse, are a victim of package theft, you have a safe, secure, contactless locker at the station where you can access your package. And with other people choosing to have their parcels delivered in the same fashion, it quickly becomes clear just how efficient this makes delivery overall.

Example of a Real Smart City

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is home to 30% of the country’s population with about 37 million inhabitants, and between 2018 and 2019 there were an estimated 4.26 billion B2C (business to consumer) deliveries that were transported by truck alone. In order to minimize the amount of traveling required, Japan partnered with Quadient, Yamamoto Transport, and Japanese officials, to install parcel lockers around the country. These lockers are carrier agnostic, meaning they are shared by multiple shipping companies such as Japanese Post, DHL, and Sagawa. This provides even more flexibility as it enables many of the things people order online to be delivered to these lockers rather than having them limited to the exclusive use of select retailers or carrier companies.

Tokyo is a dense urban city and one look at its bustling train stations and streets conveys this more effectively than numbers alone. This is a smart city in action and is a living example of how touchless smart locker systems benefit both delivery services and citizens alike.

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