A wholly owned subsidiary of the Infocomm Media Development Authority Select a network will release its first series of up to 200 smart cabinets by April this year.
They should be located on several estates, including the West Coast, Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris and Tampines.
This presentation follows a successful trial which began in December 2018. Since last year, Pick Network has been collecting online feedback from residents by placing mock-ups of cabinets with QR codes on HDB properties.
By the end of 2021, the government plans to launch a a national network of 1,000 lockers by the end of 2021, which is a year earlier than the initial goal from the end of 2022.
All cabinets will be set up within a five minute walk of the HDB blocks.
Dates of deployment were announced by Senior State Minister for Communications and Information Sim Ann during yesterday’s debate on the budget of the Ministry of Communications and Information (March 2).
How does it work
Pick Network will be integrated as a delivery option on major e-commerce platforms such as Lazada, Shopee and Qoo10.
When checking out on different platforms, online customers can choose cabinet collection as their preferred delivery option and choose the nearest Pick Cabinet location from its large network.
Once the package arrives in the locker, the customer will then receive an SMS notifying him that he is ready to pick it up. To pick up the package, the customer will need to unlock the locker using a unique PIN number.
According to Sim Ann, 96 percent of residents surveyed said lockers would bring them comfort and they would use lockers in their neighborhood.
It is also part of an effort to ensure environmental sustainability in the logistics sector amid the rise of e-commerce.
“The package cabinet network is expected to reduce daily travel to delivery by 44 percent, and this will greatly contribute to reducing carbon emissions,” Sim Ann said.
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