Why Students are the Real Winners with Parcel Lockers
In terms of technology, educational establishments have gone through vast change during the last century. A hundred years ago, paper and pen were only just replacing easel and chalk. The arrival of the VHS tape in the late 70s enabled teachers to bring video into the classroom. It was during the mid-90s that computers became more widely available in schools, and dedicated Information Technology qualifications were added to the curriculum. Today, even the youngest children use tablets to access educational resources on the internet throughout the school day.
It is the internet in particular that has come to reshape the way we learn, communicate and interact with one another. However, students of all ages still require access to various physical items to support their studies – sometimes at very short notice. From essential textbooks, to writing materials or specialist sport or science equipment, each student today will require an inventory of items to help them complete their studies. On top of this, mature students will be balancing studies around their every-day lives, and a typical day could involve studying from several different locations, as well as fitting in shift work, meaning that they need to carefully factor in how they will collect various everyday items too.
Of course, the internet is where the majority of students will purchase all that they need, but with such hectic schedules, and given that items like textbooks can be extremely high value and thus require a signature upon delivery, it can be difficult to decide on posting and shipping dates, or where to have packages and parcels delivered. If items are sent to home addresses, they may arrive at a time when no one is there to receive them, meaning a trip to a post office, sorting office or other collection point needs to be scheduled in. Even for items that don’t require a signature, having them delivered to any communal delivery location carries the risk that parcels go missing or are even stolen.
Thankfully, the hassle and disruption of coordinating the delivery of packages and parcels can be eliminated where intelligent parcel lockers are available. Lockers make package delivery and pickup easy and secure, allowing students to choose the most convenient time to collect a delivery after receiving an automated package delivery confirmation. By using parcel lockers, students can:
- Reduce the risk that any of their packages become lost or stolen
- Avoid having to provide a signature, as every package drop off and pick up is tracked and accounted for
- Avoid multiple re-deliveries, as 24/7 access to lockers means they can collect their parcel at their convenience
Advances in technology have made our daily lives more convenient than ever before, yet various obligations still compete for our precious time. By using parcel lockers, students don’t need to lose out, and can still be winners in the daily rat race.
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