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Amazon partners with AvalonBay, Equity Residential to boost delivery

Amazon.com Inc. signed contracts with representatives of more than 850,000 apartment units across the U.S. to begin installing Hub, an Amazon locker system, in their buildings, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing the landlords.

AvalonBay Communities Inc., Equity Residential, Greystar and Bozzuto Group signed up for the program, the report said, citing company executives.

Greystar will install the Hub system in 125 of its communities over the next several months and will offer it to all the buildings that it owns or manages next year.

AvalonBay plans to install the lockers in 30 communities this year and at least 70 more in 2018, if the first phase of installation goes well.

Hub is a fully automated system that residents will be able to access 24 hours a day. It will accept packages from all carriers and will be open only to residents, who will receive a notification when they have a package and a code allowing them to open one of the lockers.

The system will allow the carriers to deliver a load of packages in one spot, reducing the density of deliveries and saving time and cost.