Anyone who regularly buys large items online knows the frustration of receiving a missed delivery slip on their doorstep. At best, this translates to an unnecessary trip to your local post office and at worst, the parcel is returned to the sender before you get a chance to pick it up. A new Aussie startup has patented a solution to this annoyance that could be worth checking out.
Postage security lockers are nothing new of course -- examples include ParcelPoint and Australia Post's 24/7 Parcel Lockers. However, most of these solutions still require you to head to an off-site location. The My Parcel Box 'Vault' attempts to cut out the middleman -- it's basically a security box for your doorstep. In theory, this allows parcels to be delivered at any time of the day, regardless of if you’re home or not.
"People who work full time or fly in fly out are usually not at home to accept a delivery," explains My Parcel Box founder Cillian Stockdale. "My Parcel Box solves this problem by allowing a parcel to be left securely by your own front door whether you are home to meet the courier or not. [This] means you can now get your parcels delivered right where you want them, with no inconvenience whatsoever. The days of waiting around for a courier are gone."
The My Parcel Box Vault measures 55x40x60cm, which is large enough to hold two standard cases of wine. It comes with an electronic combination lock to ward against theft (the unit can be secured to the ground with four bolts or chained to a solid object via an eyelet at the rear). It also comes with a barcode which couriers scan in lieu of a signature to confirm that the parcel has been delivered
It costs $249, plus a $1.10 service fee per week. The delivery method has been endorsed by Australia Post along with a range of courier services including Couriers Please and Direct Couriers.
While this all sounds great on paper, can we actually trust the average courier to use the box properly? Delivery services aren't exactly known for their reliability -- all too often we've discovered a missed delivery slip on our doorstep despite being home the whole time. Putting your faith in an individual postman could be a bit of a gamble.
You can find out more about the service at the My Parcel Box website.