Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tips for Home Deliveries to your Apartment

With the rise of online shopping, more and more of us are getting the things we need delivered directly to our homes.  Big companies have long pushed their clients to order direct, but other goods and services providers, such as grocery and produce boxes, wine and beer boxes, and ready-to-prepare meal or dinner subscription boxes, are increasingly common these days.  For those of us who live in houses or buildings without secure delivery spots, the rise in home deliveries poses a major problem. How can we ensure our packages arrive safely?

Make Alternate Delivery Plans  

One option is to think outside the home delivery box.  Rather than having packages delivered to your unsecured front steps, consider having them delivered someplace else.  You can easily arrange to pick up your package, either from a nearby post office or through a shipping company’s retail location.  A more permanent version of this solution is to get a post office box.  A PO box ensures your package remains safe, secure, and climate controlled until you are able to come and collect it.  Another option is to have packages delivered directly to your place of work, just be sure to clear this arrangement with your superiors first. 

Secure Your Delivery

If it is easier for you to have packages delivered directly to your door, there are ways you can better secure your deliveries.  Shipping companies offer more and more options for their users these days to help ensure secure delivery.  You can often view your package’s location, reroute or change your delivery destination, or change the desired delivery time, all in real time and all to better coordinate safe delivery.  Also, you can arrange to have the shipping company send you a message as soon as the package has arrived, which allows you to minimize the amount of time the package sits at your door unattended.  If these kinds of tech-savvy solutions do not appeal to you, there are other ways to help secure your delivery.  If you are fortunate enough to have a backyard or deck, request your package to be discretely placed at your backdoor, or in some other, non-visible spot. 

Storage Lock Box

Perhaps the securest solution to apartment deliveries is to get one of the many new delivery or parcel lock boxes that are now on the market.  These portable strong boxes come in a wide array of colours, styles, and sizes, and they ensure your delivery stays safe and dry until you return home. If you do intend to get a lock box and you plan to place it in a shared space, such as a front porch, be sure to clear it with the property owner and your fellow tenants first.

Online shopping can offer some great prices and a greater level of convenience.  By taking a few precautions, you can reap the rewards of home delivery without running the risks of losing your packages.

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