Many of the top industry analysts have disclosed that over 65% of US households have a Prime membership and many of them live in apartment buildings. One of the big downsides of having Amazon, UPS, USPS, FEDEX, DHL and other companies delivering your packages is that you have to be home to receive them or pick them up from the closest drop-off facility. Amazon is trying to make this process easier with the advent of the HUB.
The Hub is essentially a set of lockers where packages are delivered and stored. When someone is ready to retrieve their parcel, they enter the pickup code into the system and a corresponding door will open with the item inside. Amazon says its locker system accepts delivery from all carriers.
Amazon said the Hub comes in both indoor and outdoor versions. The indoor version is 6 ft., 9 in. tall while the outdoor version is 7 ft., 3 in. They contain 42 lockable compartments, with the option to add another 23.
Amazon has set up a portal so that property owners can request hubs for their buildings. There is no word yet if this is a US only thing, or if it will be available for Canada and the United Kingdom.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.