UPS trialing in-apartment deliveries with Latch smart access technology

Supply Chain Digital | July 18, 2018

UPS has begun a pilot with Latch smart access devices to enable in-building deliveries to multi-unit homes in New York City, which it says will provide “increased security and convenience for residents who are not at home to receive packages”.In a release, UPS said Latch’s smart access devices enable UPS drivers to provide more reliable customer service and complete more deliveries on the first attempt. UPS began preliminary tests in Manhattan earlier this year and has now expanded to Brooklyn. Eventually, UPS may offer the service in markets throughout the U.S. together with smart access pioneer Latch.“The use of smart access devices on doors of apartment and condominium buildings is a big step forward for the package delivery business,” Jerome Roberts, UPS vice president of global product innovation.“It can be difficult to securely deliver packages in high-density, multi-family urban residences, especially when people are not at home. Smart access devices give us a keyless way to deliver packages to buildings and leave packages safely in lobbies or building package rooms. For our customers, it gives them peace of mind that their package will be waiting for them when they get home.”

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Schneider | June 30, 2022

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EY | May 23, 2022

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Coregistics | June 27, 2022

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