Automated Parcel Lockers, A Sustainable Solution for Last Mile Deliveries

E-commerce businesses have thrived over the last decade as consumers prefer to shop online and receive packages at their doorstep. This added convenience isn’t all positive as there’s been a rise in the number of delivery trucks on the roads causing congestion and transport carbon emissions. Emissions produced by idling vehicles are one of the leading causes of pollution. With the world becoming more eco-friendly, and urban last-mile delivery emissions on track to increase over 30% by 2030, more sustainable alternatives within “last mile delivery” are being implemented. 


Consumers want convenience; and with a parcel locker, that convenience is literally at their fingertips. Very few consumers consider the environmental implications of having their packages delivered straight to their door. Businesses on the other hand have a far greater challenge - having to figure out a way to deliver thousands or even millions of packages, managing their delivery time, logistics and transport methodologies, and now, having to integrate sustainable methods in the process.


What is Last Mile Delivery?


From the warehouse shelf to the point at which the package arrives at the consumer's door, last mile delivery is the final step of the delivery process. Last mile delivery is the most expensive and time-consuming part of the shipping process (up to 50% of total shipping cost) and focuses on delivering parcels to the consumers as fast as possible.


Why Parcel Lockers are a Sustainable Solution for Last Mile Deliveries


The presence of delivery trucks has increased significantly over the last five years with the increased volume of packages needing to be delivered to consumers who have bought online. As a result, these vehicles are putting a consistent strain on our climate through their emissions and those vehicles caught in the congestion caused by the higher density of traffic. With that being said, the one question that comes to mind is, how can we address this issue?


The answer is simple - automated parcel lockers. Parcel lockers help reduce the environmental damage and strain of greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the number of deliveries per stop and drastically lowering the number of failed deliveries. In other words, you don’t need to be home to receive a delivery as your package will be delivered to an automated parcel locker. These lockers will benefit the environment as the number of individual deliveries or re-deliveries are reduced, reducing carbon emissions in the process.


Retailers are always looking for new ways to attract and retain customers by differentiating themselves from the competition. Offering a more eco-friendly delivery option, like a parcel locker at checkout, provides an easy way to stand out from the competition. Further, these lockers give consumers a secure, private and convenient way to receive their shipments while eliminating missed deliveries and parcel theft. 


ParcelPort - Smart Parcel Lockers that provide a Sustainable Solution


Here at ParcelPort, we’re passionate about a future that includes a network of Smart Parcel Lockers given their potential to positively impact couriers, consumers, businesses, and our environment. Parcel lockers are a cleaner alternative that checks all the boxes. Our lockers are manufactured locally and along with our proprietary software and complimentary services, offer an affordable and practical parcel delivery solution for Commercial & Residential Property Managers and Builders, Retailers, and Parcel Couriers.


Our manufacturer is committed to continually making improvements to reduce their carbon footprint. Our parcel lockers are manufactured in a facility that has met or exceeded local and federal emission standards. All equipment that’s used within the plant has evolved to incorporate innovative procedures and practices that reduce their environmental effects. For example, all powder coating used in the production is made from 100% recycled materials and provides a superior product adherence; all shipping material used in transporting our parcel lockers are made from 100% recycled material as well.


If you’re looking for more information on how our Smart Parcel Lockers can help you or would just like to chat, give us a call at 1-800-818-0870 or e-mail us at info@theparcelport.com.