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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