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UPS (United Parcel Service) is turning the last mile into the last few feet! When it comes to last mile solutions and getting goods to customers, smart technology is paving the way!

Today, it’s getting competitively cutthroat when it comes to supply chain methods for delivering goods to customers. Not to be outdone by Amazon’s Hub smart delivery program, UPS launched a “smart latch” program in New York City.

With Hub, apartment tenants can pick up their packages from a large metal locker in the apartment complex’s common area. UPS’ program can provide in-building deliveries to multi-unit homes. Creative last mile solutions for supply chain will probably become more commonplace. Smart technology is here to stay!

Last Mile Solutions Using Smart Latches

The UPS program uses Smart Access. With this program, authorized people use smart technology to open and manage a lobby or “package storage room” door in an apartment building.

Here's how the process works:

UPS drivers receive smart devices enabling them to enter latch-equipped buildings. The building must have Smart Latches installed into the specific building’s door(s) before they qualify for this UPS program. So, smart delivery programs are currently only available in limited areas until the buildings get devices installed into doors.

Each building is uniquely credentialed. That means each UPS driver can only deliver packages to a building with a specific code for that delivery. This is beneficial because that specific code improves worker productivity and virtually eliminates delivering a package to the wrong address.

With this program, package addresses are assured of secure package delivery. Also, UPS reduces having to come back a second time to re-deliver when someone is not home.

The Smart Latch program monitors and records the time and location each time a driver makes an entry into a building’s lobby or the building’s “package storage” room. It also audits the trails UPS drivers travel. There is no telling what’s up next regarding the smart way of experiencing supply chain developments.

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