Parcel lockers help safe return to work

Parcel lockers are one of the answers to a safe return to work. Commercial offices are being asked to adhere to several new laws relating to deliveries in the workplace. Contactless deliveries are now a Work Health and Safety requirement. 

Contactless deliveries became a Work Health and Safety requirement due to COVIDsafe health measures needed. The need to keep physical distance and limit the number of building visitors meant a shift was needed in how buildings process and distribute their parcel deliveries.

The major concern with deliveries is being able to maintain physical distance, as well as reducing the number of shared touchpoints. Maintaining physical distance affects the number of visitors allowed into a building or its lifts at any given time. Enforcing social distancing in lifts has proved extremely difficult. Commercial towers receive (on average) 40-50 courier visits per day, most occuring during the staggered employee start times.

Why parcel lockers help you return to work

Parcel lockers help you provide a safe return to work because they assist the many safety measures required to stop the spread of infection. This is because high parcel delivery volumes not only mean more packages to deal with. They also mean couriers are visiting your building to deliver many more times a day. 

Facilities without smart parcel lockers face enormous pressure to provide a hygienic and efficient solution to extraordinary parcel delivery volumes. “We know buildings in which facility management have stopped taking deliveries at all due to health precautions or high theft issues,” explains Groundfloor™ Director, Lauren Melton. 

New requirements for deliveries into workplaces

The new requirements for deliveries into the workplace are listed on the Safe Work Australia website. We’ve put together a quick breakdown of the changes to help demystify this. Then we’ll show you how Groundfloor™ parcel lockers help with each of these.

Safe Work Australia’s guidelines for deliveries into the workplace include:

  • physical distancing, including through contactless deliveries
  • setting up alternatives to physical signatures
  • minimising the number of workers dealing directly with deliveries
  • limiting the number of people in the workplace at any given time

How Groundfloor parcel lockers address the new requirements

1. Groundfloor™ systems provide 100% contactless delivery and collection. 

Our free-to-use courier mobile app allows fast, contactless delivery. Building staff do not need to interact with couriers and contractors at all – they deliver straight into the lockers.

Recipients are automatically notified of their delivery. Once ready to collect, they scan a code at the locker and the locker door opens automatically. Locker doors can be closed with a gentle elbow nudge. No need to touch shared screens or interact with staff or couriers.

2. An Alternative to Physical Signatures

The Groundfloor™ system creates a Digital Signature every time a delivery is made. Groundfloor’s Digital Signature also eliminates the need for physical signatures and provides utmost security and traceability. 

3. Locate your parcel lockers outside to keep building visitor numbers down.

Deliveries volumes are at an all time high. Australia Post reports they are delivering “Christmas volumes every day”. The frequency with which couriers are delivering into the same buildings has also increased.

Groundfloor™ parcel lockers can be located outside under shelter. This eliminates couriers from your lobbies and entries entirely. 

4. Keep couriers out of your lifts

Couriers deliver straight into your lockers which are usually located on the ground floor. No more riding lifts to deliver floor-to-floor.

Not only will they be in and out of the building much, much faster, but they will also stay out of lifts which is extremely important with such difficulties in meeting physical distancing recommendations in lifts and lift waiting areas.

5. Plus many more benefits, including reducing building maintenance costs.

There are many more benefits to using Groundfloor™ parcel lockers. We can help you reduce maintenance costs and improve building efficiency. Our systems are useful for parcel deliveries, equipment sharing, key exchange, linen drop-off, and other needs. 

We’ve got everything you need to tick off all the new requirements relating to deliveries. You’ll be well on your way towards a safe, happy and productive workplace experience. Contact us to talk about how Groundfloor™ can address your building’s particular needs.

 

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