Mailboxes Make Room For Package Lockers

A sign of the times is the rise of on-line shopping and delivery of merchandise to Mail Services, located in The Hub. But package pickup has produced long queues and long wait times, sometimes snaking up the stairs unto the next floor, because each package had to be handled by a mail room staffer at the pickup window.

This summer, that all changes. The more than 6,000 mailboxes will be removed and replaced with package pickup lockers.

Starting in the fall, regular postal mail will be picked up at the window and packages will be delivered to the lockers. Students will be notified of an arriving package, similarly to how the system works now. Except instead of waiting in line, students will receive a locker number and a one-time code that will open the locker so they can retrieve their packages.

“This [new system] will allow students to not be in line as much,” said Mark Kraner said, “especially at the beginning of the semester.”

For more information, go to Fourth Estate on-line.

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