Proposed features/Parcel lockers and parcel postbox

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Parcel lockers and parcel postbox
Status: Draft (under way)
Proposed by: SelfishSeahorse
Applies to:
Definition: amenity=parcel_lockers: a machine with lockers for picking-up parcels

amenity=parcel_postbox: a box for depositing outgoing parcels

Drafted on: 2018-11-12

Proposal

Parcel lockers

Parcel lockers by Australia Post

Parcel lockers (also called parcel terminals, parcel stations or parcel machines) are electrical machines with lockers for picking-up parcels. They allow for interaction with the customers, usually by a touchscreen. Some parcel lockers also allow for sending parcels or to be used as ordinary lockers.

A new tag amenity=parcel_lockers is introduced for parcel lockers together with the complementing tags parcel_receiving=yes/no and parcel_sending=yes/no to indicate whether parcel lockers can be used to receive and send parcels respectively.

Parcel postbox

Parcel postbox by FedEx

A parcel postbox (also called parcel drop box) is a box for depositing outgoing parcels (very similar to an ordinary amenity=post_box, but larger).

A new tag amenity=parcel_postbox is introduced for parcel postboxes.

Rationale

Parcel lockers and parcel postboxes are currently tagged amenity=vending_machine even though they aren't vending machines (definition from Wiktionary: 'an automatic machine that accepts money and dispenses merchandise'). This proposal wants to fix this issue.

Tagging

Useful combination

  • collection_times=*: the times at which parcels are collected (e.g. Mo-Sa 12:00)
  • operator=*: name of the company that operates the parcel lockers or the parcel postbox (e.g. Australia Post)
  • opening_hours=*: hours when the parcel lockers are accessible (e.g. 24/7)

Comparison of current and proposed tagging

Object Current tagging Proposed tagging
Parcel lockers with possibility to receive but not to send parcels amenity=vending_machine
+ vending=parcel_pickup
amenity=parcel_lockers
+ parcel_receiving=yes
+ parcel_sending=no
Parcel lockers with possibility to receive and send parcels amenity=vending_machine
+ vending=parcel_pickup;parcel_mail_in
amenity=parcel_lockers
+ parcel_receiving=yes
+ parcel_sending=yes
Parcel lockers with possibility to send but not to receive parcels amenity=vending_machine
+ vending=parcel_mail_in
amenity=parcel_lockers
+ parcel_receiving=no
+ parcel_sending=yes
A parcel postbox amenity=vending_machine
+ vending=parcel_mail_in
amenity=parcel_postbox
(parcel_receiving=no not required because inherent)

Open questions

  • How to tag Amazon Lockers? These parcel lockers only allow to return parcels (purchases) to Amazon, but not to any addressee. Maybe parcel_sending=returns_only?
  • Are there any other parcel lockers apart from Amazon Lockers that only allow to receive but not to send parcels? Otherwise, receiving and sending could be defined as standard for all amenity=parcel_lockers.

Current usage

Proposed tags

amenity=parcel_lockers amenity=parcel_postbox

Current tags

vending=parcel_pickup vending=parcel_pickup;parcel_mail_in vending=parcel_mail_in

See also

External discussions

Comments

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