Smart Lockers? COVID-19 pandemic?
During the last two months, there has been a dominating topic in everybody’s conversations – the COVID-19 pandemic.
Partly due to the fact that this topic has also absolutely dominated media and news outlets.
But mostly due to the measures imposed by almost every government around the world, that created an unprecedented situation.
While it’s debatable whether the lockdown measures were too restrictive or too allowing, and while they were different from country to country, they had a collateral effect.
Being on lockdown and not allowed to leave, to avoid the spread of the virus had some positives and negatives.
Besides the intended consequence of slowing down the virus, it also ended up having other consequences.
Impact on businesses
Notably, it accelerated the digital transition on many fronts – we’ve witnessed legacy companies embracing remote work seriously for the first time, something a lot of people are certainly thankful for.
On the other hand, the negative consequences were also immense – from restrictions that stopped businesses operations to huge declines in sales.
Both of these factors made a lot of businesses rethink their operations.
Businesses that were leading on the digital landscape adapted fast and without much trouble.
On the other hand… those who didn’t are still having a bad time.
And a lot of technologies benefited greatly – one of the best examples was video call services, like Zoom, that saw a huge increase in their user base, as everybody was forced to move all of their professional interactions to the platform.
In this blog post, I’m going to talk about how the Smart Locker is one of the technologies that can not only help mitigate the risk of spread but also help retailers bring their businesses back safely.
Smart Lockers? 🤔
So how can Smart Lockers fight the COVID-19 pandemic? Well…
Lockdown measures imposed restrictions for retailers, either forced to close their space, or having it heavily restricted.
This forced consumers to migrate to e-commerce options.
And while e-commerce reduces the risks, it doesn’t mitigate it completely. The courier still has to deliver purchased goods directly to the end-consumer.
Contactless Deliveries – Parcel Lockers
Having this in mind, AGCOM a governmental agency from Italy (one of the countries most affected by the pandemic) issued an official statement incentivizing the placement and use of parcel smart lockers networks across the country.
The purpose of the initiatives is to make e-commerce deliveries contactless, avoiding the spread between couriers and consumers
Parcel delivery lockers offer a lot of benefits. For consumers, retailers, and logistic companies.
These benefits are not only economical but also environmental. But this is the first time that Public health is one of them.
We at Bloq.it believe greatly in those benefits.
That’s why our Bloq.it OS is ready to receive parcels and is compatible with multiple carriers simultaneously.
Surviving in retail – Pick-up Lockers
One of the biggest problems with traditional retail is that physical stores tend to group a lot of people.
To avoid having multiple people inside the same room, there have been restrictions made to the number of people allowed in closed spaces — this created a new problem: huge queue lines of customers.
One of the ways to fix both problems is to allow customers to buy items and then pick them up from a smart locker.
This is a great way to bring people back to retail shops, increasing foot traffic while still keeping it safe!
Our lockers allow for full contactless Buy Online Pick-up in Locker service.
Besides this, our Bloq.it OS also provides the quickest and easiest BOPIS system deployment.
Trading items during the pandemic – Exchange Lockers
One of the hardest aspects of the lockdown was not being able to be with our friends and family.
Social distancing kept us from comforting our peers, but we shouldn’t be stopped from exchanging goods with each other, something usually requires close contact.
Whether we’re talking about birthday gifts, borrowed items or simply showing affection, it’s important to keep giving and receiving.
Conclusion – The times ahead
To answer the question: can Smart Lockers help with the COVID-19 pandemic? I believe so.
Much like other technologies, and although it might not be the most obvious one, we expect an acceleration on the growth of the use and placement of smart lockers as a result of the current pandemic situation.
Hoping everyone reading this blog article is safe, and stays that way.
And I’m hopeful we will recover stronger and better than ever before. 🙂
Founder & COO @ Bloq.it