By the end of 2022, online shoppers in Singapore can pick up deliveries from a network of 1,000 package lockers across the country.
You will be in HDB properties, MRT stations and community centers, one of which is within 250 meters of each HDB apartment.
This initiative was announced in Parliament on March 3 by the high-ranking Minister of State for Communication and Information, Sim Ann.
The Info-Communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will lead the program and gradually introduce locker stations from the end of 2020.
A parcel locker network was piloted for the first time in 2018 to help logistics companies cope with the increasing delivery volume due to the rapid growth of e-commerce and to solve the problem of missed door-to-door deliveries when the recipients were not at home.
The logistics service providers BluPort and SingPost installed 23 locker stations in Bukit Panjang and another 39 in Punggol.
Since then, the stations have increased delivery efficiency fourfold, allowing drivers to send 250 parcels a day, compared to 60 parcels when they are door to door.
Building on the pilot's success, IMDA will "expand the package locker network and deploy it nationwide to better serve the needs of Singapore's residents."
The locker stations are available to all e-commerce players and logistics service providers.
IMDA will also work with the Shopee e-commerce platform to jointly develop new solutions to meet the growing needs of online shoppers.
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