The Holiday Package Rush


The Holiday Package Rush

Ready or Not – Here Come the Holidays (and a Flood of Package Deliveries)
Ask an onsite associate about package management, and you’re likely to see them break into a cold sweat. They might start rocking back and forth and mumbling to themselves.
 
I’m joking, of course, but there’s no denying how burdensome handling residents’ package deliveries can be for apartment communities. These days, parcels are arriving seven days a week, and they come in all shapes and sizes. And online retailers often aren’t exactly models of efficiency: surely you’ve placed an online order only to watch each of the purchased items – no matter how small – arrive in their own individual box.
 
Stats provide powerful testimony to the scope of the problem that today’s multifamily properties face.
 
For instance, total e-commerce sales in the U.S. totaled $513.6 billion in 2018, according to the Commerce Department. That represents an increase of 14.2 percent from 2017.
 
Also consider the fact that, in 2019, global sales for Amazon Prime Day – an event so hyped and anticipated it seems as though it’s become another national holiday – reached $7.2 billion, according to an Internet Retailer estimate. That’s a 71 percent increase from the preceding year.
 
Well, here’s some sobering news for apartment communities: the holidays are coming – and that means package management is certain to be more chaotic than ever.
 
The Holiday Forecast
Online retail sales in the U.S. are expected to reach $143.7 billion during November and December, a……