KEBA and Smartmile partner up to offer outdoor parcel lockers in Finland
The first collaborative machine was installed outdoors on 22 July 2021 in Finland followed by the second outdoor location on week 32 in Tampere. They intend to install Smartmile Enabled KEBA machines across Europe together as part oftheir long-term plan in the coming year.
Aku Happo- CEO at Smartmile said: “Seeing that each of our parcel machines serve multiple carriers and retailers, they have to manage very high volumes. Coping with high volumes means we have to look for ways to install high-capacity machines. Through outdoor machines, we offer more compartments to partners and consumers. We are happy to partner with KEBA to meet the demand for outdoor solutions and are very satisfied with their innovative solution and solid after-sales support. We know that availability in the self-service area is one of the most important features for best customer acceptance.”
Jürgen Kusper- CEO at KEBA Handover Automation said: “Therefore, numerous features guarantee smooth operation even under the harshest climatic conditions in Northern Scandinavia. Furthermore, we believe that Smartmile’s innovative open platform approach, suits our KePol FLIP system just perfect and we are looking forward to a long-term partnership.”
Like all Smartmile parcel machines, these collaborative machines are open and shared, meaning that multiple couriers, and retailers can be integrated into the Smartmile software and use the machines to exchange parcels. This integration with KEBA took only two days per machine, and the actual machine installation took 5 hours. The speed of installation and integration shows the open nature and scalability of the Smartmile software while illustrating the expertise of KEBA expanding Smartmile’s portfolio of hardware providers. In conclusion, both companies are content with the new partnership and look forward to what the future brings.