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Never miss a parcel delivery again. An Post is planning to give customers the chance to have purpose-built parcel postboxes installed at home.
An Post seeking expressions of interest for new parcel mailboxes
It's one of modern life's major irritations; the bane of the online shopper. After days of eagerly waiting for your purchases to arrive, you get home to find that little note. You know the one. The one that tells you that you've missed the delivery and that you will need to go somewhere to pick it up. Nightmare!
Well that nightmare could soon be a thing of the past. An Post have recently requested expressions of interest from suitable partners for the design and manufacture of parcel postboxes.
It appears the national mail carrier is planning to give customers the chance to have purpose-built parcel postboxes installed at home. As you can see from this Request for Expressions of Interest the delivery box will be a self install product and it will become "the main focal point of delivery for our mail service to the consumer”.
The same document states that the post box should have “excellent security features” and “excellent protection against all kinds of environmental weathering conditions”.
A spokesperson for An Post has told the Irish Independent that the new post boxes will be "available to anyone who wants one" and that the prices will be kept "as low as possible".
“We’ve been piloting and trialing this in a number of urban and rural locations — we’re now moving on to the next stage of product so we can perfect the design” an An Post spokesperson told the Journal.ie.
The new boxes will be about the size of a shoebox (37cm x 25cm x 16.5cm) and there are plans to offer a range of sizes in future. An Post hope to make the first parcel boxes available for purchase in early 2015.
So there you have it. Online shoppers rejoice. No more trips to the local sorting office to pick up parcels you've missed.
This move reflects on ongoing trend in the postal sector. As traditional mail volumes for letters and postcards decline, parcel post is surging. The increasing popularity of online shopping is seeing bigger bulkier items accounting for much more of what is being moved about by mail.
It is a trend that shows no sign of slowing. You can expect to see more and more moves like this as postal operators move to respond to the changing marketplace.