Postal parcel drop boxes to be tested

The Austrian Post will start testing domestic drop off boxes to receive packages when the receiver is not at home.

The boxes will be placed close to the existing postboxes. If a package receiver is not at home, he will get a notification and a code card with which to operate the drop off box.

The code card will only work once for security reasons. After taking the parcel the receiver puts the code card into the drop box and closes it.

The Post then reprograms the card that records every opening of the drop box. When a parcel is not picked up in seven days time it has to be picked up from the post office.

The boxes will be tested in seven Viennese council home buildings.