No more wet or missing packages
Are missing or soaked packages a problem you face?
If so this project may be for you.
A few years ago we had a lot of our shipments come up missing and for a long time I have been racking my brain trying to find a way to better protect them. This issue became even bigger once I started receiving some items specific to work that were moisture sensitive. This years rain has only compounded this problem.
I ended up buying this box from Home Depot but I had the very hard task of training all my package handlers to use it. Seriously this was a monumental task, I left a sign in the mailbox and a big sign at the door but the drivers would constantly deliver to the front door mere inches from the fluorescent pink sign on the bright blue door. In many cases I watched the driver walk right by the box to deliver to the door.
After looking high and low for a solution that would both help train my delivery people and hopefully deter would be thieves. I came across a company called SmartSign. I really liked how professional the signs on the website looked but I had no idea how to even go about designing a sign that would both work as a training aid and look good when installed. I ended up using a free software called Inkscape to design a sign with the desired dimension of 14"x10" and ended up settling specifically on the premium aluminum sign that would fit my requirements exactly.
Less than a week later I had the sign in hand and am completely blown away by the quality of the print. There are no white spots between colors at all, I was concerned about this since it seems the colors are each painted on separately given the 4 color limit and speaking of color I can't believe just how perfect the background color came out. I didn't want it obnoxious but I wanted it visible. I think it looks very professional, what do you think? Also, I just love how the pre-drilled holes ended up right on the frame line... this was entirely accidental.
|It turns out that Wyze tape really doesn't adhere well |
to shiny plastic so I mechanically held it down with screws.
At the end of the day no one will see it anyways.
After all this work I didn't want to deter would be thieves with a simple bluff so I needed to find some cameras that would work as expected. I looked into the Nest cams since I've installed so many of those lately for customers but I just couldn't justify spending nearly $200 each. I really needed something cheaper but I hated to sacrifice quality for cost. I ended up buying 4 Wyze cams and one of the new Wyze sense starter kits for a mere $100 plus shipping and found some amazingly simple mounts on Amazon. I now get a notification directly on my phone along with 4 cloud stored 12 second videos every time a package gets delivered with absolutely no monthly fee. This solution works so good its ridiculous... Honestly, I don't think I could've put together something with such versatility for $1,000 from Nest and at the end of the day I still would've ended up with a monthly fee.
|Wyze cams aren't meant for outdoor use|
but they work just fine if shielded from
precipitation. These guys lasted over a
pretty harsh Kansas City winter
and spring just fine.
Overall, this wasn't an overly cheap project but if just one package is saved from thieves and rain I think it's worth it. Especially if that package means the difference between getting a job done or having to wait another month for a delivery.