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DHL parcel delivery boxes now in apartment buildings 27 March 2015

Customers can also send returns or other stamped parcels directly from home

DHL Parcel and Deutsche Annington have teamed up to offer renters another innovative solution for receiving their parcels. Beginning in April, DHL will install private parcel delivery boxes (Paketkasten) in apartment houses managed by Deutsche Annington, Germany’s largest housing company.

As part of an initial pilot project, selected locations in Berlin and Dortmund will be equipped with the parcel boxes, with additional boxes planned. The DHL parcel box will allow renters to receive their parcel items at any time regardless of whether they are home or not, saving them an extra trip to a postal outlet or neighbour. The locked box also ensures that parcels remain protected against theft. Customers can not only receive parcels using the parcel box, but can also send returns or other stamped parcels directly from home.

The pilot locations in Berlin and Dortmund will be fitted with parcel boxes with multiple compartments similar to the DHL Packstation. Delivery personnel simply place parcels in one of the parcel box compartments and the customer receives an additional notification in his/her regular mailbox.

The personal parcel box key chip ensures that only the renter and parcel deliverer have access to the respective compartment. The parcel boxes allow apartment building residents to receive parcels at home just as easily and conveniently as their daily mail.