Starting with outdoor parcel machines in Finland

Smartmile and Keba join hands in a brand new partnership

10.8.2021
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Smartmile and KEBA announced a new partnership, installing their first outdoor parcel machines in Finland. The first collaborative machine was installed outdoors on 22 July 2021 in Finland followed by the second outdoor location on week 32 in Tampere. They intend to install Smartmile Enabled KEBA machines across Europe together as part oftheir long-term plan in the coming year.

The launch of Smartmile and KEBA's partnership is marked by their first collaborative installations of an outdoor parcel machine in Tampere and Oulu Finland. Consumers can find the first outdoor, Smartmile enabled, KEBA machine in North Oulu, Finland, followed closely by a second installation at the Matkahuolto terminal in the center of Tampere, Finland. Today, retailers struggle with limited indoor space, all while balancing the consumer demand for 24/7 delivery. Outdoor lockers allow for installations of 24/7 higher capacity machines that solve these struggles and meet consumer demands better. Smartmile decided to partner with KEBA because they believe it is a company with long-term experience that can provide high-quality outdoor machines

"Seeing that each of our parcel machines serve multiple carriers and retailers, they have to manage very high volumes. Coping with high volumes means we have to look for ways to install high-capacity machines. Through outdoor machines, we offer more compartments to partners and consumers. We are happy to partner with KEBA to meet the demand for outdoor solutions and are very satisfied with their innovative solution and solid after-sales support."

-Aku Happo | CEO at Smartmile

“We know that availability in the self-service area is one of the most important features for best customer acceptance. Therefore, numerous features guarantee smooth operation even under the harshest climatic conditions in Northern Scandinavia. Furthermore, we believe that Smartmile’s innovative open platform approach, suits our KePol FLIP system just perfect and we are looking forward to a long-term partnership.”

-Jürgen Kusper | CEO at KEBA Handover Automation

Like all Smartmile parcel machines, this collaborative machine is open and shared, meaning that multiple couriers, hardware providers, and retailers can be integrated into the Smartmile software and use the machines to exchange parcels. This integration with KEBA took only two days, and the actual machine installation took 6 hours. The speed of installation and integration shows the open nature and scalability of the Smartmile software while illustrating the expertise of KEBA expanding Smartmile's portfolio of hardware providers. In conclusion, both companies are content with the new partnership and look forward to what the future brings.

Week 32 2021, Tampere Finland

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