There’s a new test program offered by the Postal Service that will attempt to make shipping and receiving packages easier than ever. The new gopost pilot program, available in select locations, is designed to allow customers to choose when to pick up and ship packages at a conveniently located kiosk locker. They won’t need to be home to receive a package or go to the local Post Office to send them.
While innovative, this concept is not a unique one. Amazon.com is currently testing their own version of parcel lockers, and has plans to expand that program even further. Locker kiosks are also being used in many countries around the world:
-Germany launched its first locker kiosk in 2002 and has 1.5 million registered users as of 2010.
-Austria launched its program in 2006 and now has 24 locations in Vienna.
-Denmark launched its first parcel locker kiosk in 2008. Interestingly, the name of their program is called Dognposten.
-Turkey launched its program in 2010 in Ankara and Istanbul with plans to expand the program even further
Many other countries have either started offering this service or have plans in the works to offer it in the near future.
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