Recently, Package Concierge entered a thrilling chapter in our company’s story. We’re excited to let all of our friends and partners know that we’re now in 26 states across America! This is big news for us, especially since we’ve only been a company since December 2012. Even though our expansion across the country has been fast, we’d like to let everyone know that the credit goes to our amazing clients who believed in us early on such as Alliance Residential, The Bozzuto Group and The JBG Companies, and partners like Florence Manufacturing and The Container Store. When you think about it, our growth is great for everyone. Here are a few reasons why.
- Expanding Technology: As we receive feedback from system users, we alter and tailor the user experience to truly reflect their wants and needs. In previous blogs, we mentioned examples of this such as our mobile app, systems with dry cleaning pick up, and even resident shipping and returns from Package Concierge lockers. These ideas stemmed from our expansion and user feedback. As this grows, so will the possibilities.
- Secure and Safe Deliveries: Our expansion hasn’t been by accident; our clients and partners know that the name Package Concierge is synonymous with the words security and safety. This is a big driver in our growth and the more Package Concierge systems are out in the world; the more deliveries reach their final destinations instead of ending in the hands of unintended recipients.
- Organization and Value for All: A Package Concierge system doesn’t just provide a delivery point for packages; it stimulates growth in other areas as well. For example, our customers see an increase in resident satisfaction, the end of untidy/messy package rooms, organized storage of packages on-site, and most importantly the saving of staff time. Also, because of the quality of our system, it is considered a valuable property asset, not just an amenity that is in high demand. These attributes help keep both residents and leasing agents happy, which in turn can keep a community thriving and growing.
As you can see, growth can be a very good thing. We’re not about to lose sight of what’s important to us, which is all who have helped guide us into this position. We assure you, we’re going to maximize upon our growth to make Package Concierge the best it has ever been. And soon enough, we’ll be crossing our 27th state line.
What are you going to do with this extra day of the year? We have arrived at another intercalary year; better known as leap year. But when you think about it, this year renters receive an extra day in their properties for FREE! That’s right! So whom do we need to thank for this extra day of multifamily living? That answer goes back farther than you may realize.
Around 46 B.C., Julius Caesar decided that every four years we get an extra day added to the year to balance out the 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds that accompanies the 365 days it takes the earth to orbit the sun. Now, Mr. Caesar didn’t quite get leap year right the first time. That’s why over 1,500 years later Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar to better regulate the bonus time of a year. His calendar added centuries to the equation, thus making years that are divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400.
The benefit of that extra day in February every four years is a “rent free day.” Most leases are based on 365 days in a year, which means renters score an extra day in their homes for free! This is definitely a reason for celebration and the last time we welcomed an extra day in the year, Package Concierge was just gearing up as a company.
In the leap year of 2012 Package Concierge was founded. And after only a few years we are in 26 states providing our services to multifamily and student housing properties. In 2015, we received the Customer Experience Innovation Award, a crowning achievement for a company less than 5 years old. Package Concierge believes in making the most of the time we have, and that’s why we are committed to providing our customers with the latest technological advancements in package management.
Package Concierge is serious about security and convenience all year long, whether its 365 days or 366. So, what are you going to do with your “rent free” day this year? Maybe, host a “rent free day” party? Whatever you do, make sure you and your friends thank Julius Caesar for the extra time we have in 2016!
Recently, the USPS announced that they would no longer be delivering mail on Saturday. While there will be no weekend mail, packages will still be coming in to apartment communities and student housing as usual. For the Postal Service, the elimination of one delivery day is a great move that will save billions in the long run. But is it equally beneficial to the everyday man? We take a look at the pros and cons of this decision and how it will affect apartment communities:
No Weekend Worries- without weekend delivery, neither students nor hard working families will need to worry about getting bills on their days off.
Could Help Lower Stamp Prices- If the USPS saves enough money with this tactic, the price of stamps could drop, stop or increase at a much slower rate, helping those living in affordable housing.
Could Stop the Closing of Offices- With the USPS saving money, they can put closing different branch offices on the back-burner: a great convenience for high-rise multifamily housing residents.
Fewer Delivery Days – If you’re a student that relies on weekend post to get you those last minute gifts and letters from home, then this move will put a damper in your step.
Could Affect Rural Housing- With fewer delivery days, those far from the post office will need to travel into town more often to send their mail.
Busier Post Offices- Since work days for the USPS have been reduced to 5 days, people will be crowding the offices to get their letters out.
On a related note, this could open a window of opportunity to other delivery or package service companies across the country. Having a day’s edge on the USPS could instantly propel these organized into the realm of being “in demand”, thus boosting their sales. Only time will tell where the industry goes from here.
What do you believe? Is this a good move for the USPS and American citizens? Or could this be a bad decision?