Smart food lockers are set to arrive in more apartment complexes thanks to a new partnership between Minnow Technologies and Bell Partners, a privately-held apartment company with approximately 70,000 units in its portfolio.
Under the agreement, Minnow will deploy its cloud-connected, smart food delivery management lockers in select apartment communities across Bell Partners’ portfolio. The two companies said it’s the largest such deployment of any kind in the multifamily industry.
Developed by Minnow, the food delivery management amenity—called a “Pickup Pod”—is a smart food locker designed for on-demand meal deliveries from companies such as DoorDash and Uber Eats. It tracks and monitors every delivery and pickup, allowing property staff to focus on serving residents instead of managing food deliveries.
“Minnow’s tech-forward Pickup Pod is a great addition to our innovation initiatives as we focus on offering modern and convenient amenities at our communities,” said Cindy Clare, chief operating officer of Bell Partners. “With this new amenity, we will provide our residents with an elevated food delivery experience while enhancing the operational efficiency of our properties.”
Bell Partners is installing Pickup Pods in select apartment communities across the U.S., starting with properties in Washington, Northern and Southern California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.
“As the adoption of food delivery accelerates, it will become more important than ever for properties to adopt a food delivery management solution,” said Steven Sperry, CEO of Minnow. “We’re excited to work with an innovation pioneer like Bell Partners to bring the benefits of our technology to their communities.”