PANDEMIC PAIN: Dealing With Packages

It’s a problem that just won’t go away for multifamily housing operators: Figuring out how to handle all the packages that come to an apartment building has long been a time-consuming challenge for staff at multifamily apartment communities, only exacerbated by the rise of e-commerce in the last two decades.

Then COVID-19 struck.

With more residents spending more time at home during the pandemic, and fewer venturing out to the store for basic supplies, operators have been faced with a flood of packages that has made every week feel like the holiday rush, turning every day into Parcel Armageddon.

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Reducing operating costs has always been a top priority for property managers and building operators. A proven way to do this is to focus on resident retention. A survey by Avail showed that when residents renew their leases, landlords can save up to $2,500 that would otherwise be allocated toward finding new renters and making updates to units for rent.
"We needed a package management solution that first and foremost improves the resident experience, and also lifts package responsibilities from our team members' shoulders," said Mark-Taylor President John Carlson. "Fetch is the best solution to support our team members while offering residents package delivery service catered to their personal schedules and needs. At Mark-Taylor, we are excited to experience the unique benefits that Fetch will bring to our communities."
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Fetch is growing substantially, having delivered over 10 million packages since its founding. In 2021, they spread to six new markets, including Minneapolis, Raleigh-Durham, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Nashville. To further highlight the innovative new tech companies addressing particular needs, Built In Austin curated a list of 22 of the city’s startups to watch in 2022.