Package management is an issue the industry is still grappling with and will continue to do so as e-commerce habits evolve. Like student housing’s infamous high-speed internet amenity, package management requires innovative and immediate operational solutions implemented faster in student housing than you might see such solutions showing up in conventional multifamily.
Autumn may only just be getting started, but soon enough, holiday gifting will be on everyone’s minds. That means one thing for property managers: package delivery commotion. The 2019 season will be shorter than years past, and that means more boxes per day to deal with in mailrooms, hallways and lobbies around the world. If you want to get ahead of the madness needs to begin now.
Due to tremendous growth in e-commerce, the demand for package management solutions for deliveries has grown, as well. UPS alone estimated it delivered 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2018, with property managers reporting an average of 80 packages per day. Things are not slowing down any time soon, either. Package Concierge, a provider of self-service package locker systems, experienced an 18% increase in transactions year over year for the 2018 holiday season and expectations for this year look to follow suit.
Student housing companies are experimenting with different combinations of space and personnel as they try to figure out the best path forward in package management.
An Austin-based developer is looking to make an even bigger Ruckus in West Campus.
Today, Package Concierge, the innovator of the digital locker system for apartment buildings, announced it is helping one of the most prestigious Ivy League schools in the country manage packages for its students. The company has also appointed former Pitney Bowes College Sales Director, Lance Whitson, as its new national university sales manager.
The Ruckus, located at 2502 Nueces St., will be a seven-story project totaling 45 units with a mix of two to five bedrooms, totaling 160 beds.