When you order a package online, do you stop to think whether it will be stolen from your front porch before you get home from work? With a steep increase in e Commerce in the last decade has also come a steep increase in theft of packages from mailboxes and front porches everywhere. Now you can’t even scroll through Facebook without one of your acquaintances posting a doorbell security camera image of someone stealing their latest Amazon Prime acquisition right from their front steps. We now have the technology to photograph the thieves as they leave with our stuff, but how do we prevent the thefts in the first place?
It turns out that the Internet of Things has a brilliant new solution- smart mail. Packages can communicate with you in transit so you can reroute them or delay them and they can tell you when they have been delivered to your house. Smart mailboxes are also a part of the mix, providing a secure place where packages can’t get stolen or damaged by the elements.
E Commerce has more than doubled since 2010. People are buying everything online these days, including groceries, toilet paper, and laundry detergent. The convenience factor makes online shopping an attractive option- why go to the store and do all the work yourself when you can have everything you need brought right to your door? Unfortunately it stops being convenient when you have to worry about theft- 53% of Americans say they are worried about packages being stolen from their doorsteps, and 76% of package thefts occur when they aren’t home.
Even weather can cause problems with package deliveries. If it’s raining and your package doesn’t fit in the mailbox, your delivery person may not deliver it at all. This can cause all kinds of problems for both the delivery driver and the package recipient- undeliverable packages cost time and money to everyone involved. And just figuring out when your package will be delivered so you can be home to receive it can be a huge hassle in itself.
Learn more about how secured smart mailboxes are changing e commerce for the better from this infographic. While package theft isn’t the only threat to the future of e commerce, it is one of the easiest to fix. Would you ever install a smart mailbox outside of your home? The convenience factor alone may make it a very worthwhile investment.