Snaile Parcel Lockers: A Smart Addition to any Condo, Office or Apartment Building

Smart technology is playing a key role in managing parcel deliveries in Canadian multi-residential buildings

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Furnaces that warm the house just in time for the homeowners’ arrival, electronic personal assistants that keep track of everything from board meetings to grocery lists, and cars that drive themselves? Ten years ago, all of that sounded like the stuff out of a science fiction novel, but today, all of these features and more are well within reach. Smart technology is fast becoming a driving force behind the way we live, work and play and early adopters are reaping the benefits. For those who live and work in multi-residential buildings, one of the first smart technology game-changers to step onto the scene arrived in the form of the smart parcel locker, such as those assembled and distributed by Canadian owned and operated Snaile.

An Essential Amenity

It is no secret that e-commerce is exploding, with millennials – the socio-economic powerhouse comprising 27% of the country’s population – leading the charge. According to Statistics Canada, year-over-year e-commerce revenue rose by 110% between May of 2019 and May 2020. This surge of online shopping translates instantaneously, of course, into a corresponding increase in parcel deliveries. In fact, in April of this year, Canada Post alone delivered more than 1.8 million parcels to Canadians in a single day. The result of these unprecedented volumes? Lobbies across the country have been inundated with unsecured parcels, concierge and security staff have been overwhelmed with the requirements of logging, storing and distributing packages, and liability concerns around potential theft and property damage have reached an all-time high. In condos and apartment buildings, however, smart lockers by companies such as Snaile are relieving much of the strain caused by the unyielding tidal wave of parcels.

How it Works

Snaile lockers are the only parcel lockers that have been officially approved by all major carrier companies in Canada. “The beauty of our lockers,” says Patrick Armstrong, CEO of Snaile, “is that they are ‘carrier agnostic,’ meaning they can be accessed by any and all carriers,” unlike their single-carrier counterparts, such as Canada Post’s mechanical lockers, which operate using traditional lock-and-key access and are reserved exclusively for one designated organization. This means parcels handled by big companies such as FedEx and Purolator, as well as specialty deliveries from small, local businesses can all be deposited safely within the locker’s secure industrial-grade steel compartments.

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