Parcel lockers in phone booths; and UPS drones

Parcel lockers in phone booths; and UPS drones

Mario Mayerthaler, Head of A1 Innovation at Austrian telecom operator A1, joins me to talk about the A1 Paket Station project converting phone booths into parcel lockers. We cover:

  • How A1 developed the concept
  • The size and potential spread of the network
  • Other sites that can host parcel lockers
  • Obligations to maintain a phone booth network
  • Co-operating with local stores for parcel locker access
  • Working with online marketplace Shpock
  • How a member of the public can directly lodge items in the lockers
  • Early feedback on the A1 Paket Stationen
  • Infrastructure demands of parcel lockers
  • Partnership with Austrian Post and the possibility of being a carrier-neutral parcel locker network

Then I discuss UPS’s latest attempt to make drone delivery work:

  • Comparisons with Swiss Post’s lab sample drone delivery service
  • UPS’s continuing push into healthcare and pharmaceutical logistics
  • Competition from FedEx and others – and the need to innovate

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Ian Kerr

Ian Kerr is the founder and host of the Postal Hub Podcast. He has presented at many prominent postal and delivery events, and has contributed articles to Post&Parcel, the Mail & Express Review as well as chapters in Reinventing the post (2013) and Exploring New Frontiers: Reshaping the postal industry (2018).

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