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Amazon Prime Day is overloading workplace mailrooms, data shows

Chelsea Lombardo
Production Assistant

As Amazon (AMZN) continues its annual Prime Day sale, more and more customers are choosing to have their packages delivered to their offices instead of their homes.

That’s according to Larry Gadea, the CEO and founder of Envoy, which makes “smart security” that offices use to check-in visitors as well as other software for the workplace. He told Yahoo Finance’s YFi AM on Tuesday, that after analyzing package delivery statistics at over 1,000 workplaces around the world, the company found a significant spike in deliveries to the workplace connected to Prime Day.

“It's a pretty big increase, where we've seen data that shows it's about 30% or even more on average...” said Gadea, citing research showing that deliveries were 30% higher on the Thursday after Prime Day than for other Thursdays in July.

“It's significant, and it's unbelievable. Just after these kinds of events ... People just love buying online, and they love a deal. And they will absolutely ship it to wherever they can pick it up.”

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

‘The volume is definitely picking up’

Sending packages to your office instead of your home could help prevent theft, and may seem more convenient. However, Envoy is reporting that an abundance of packages in the workplace creates a burden for the people tasked with handling these deliveries — including storage, space, and organizational issues.

“We've seen reasons also that some people, something like a quarter of people, will basically pick it up at work because of privacy reasons,” Gadea said.

Amazon reported last month that small- and medium-size businesses selling on Amazon Prime Day generated more than $1.5 billion in sales in 2018, with members worldwide purchasing more than 100 million products. This year, the e-commerce giant is expected to rake in more than $5 billion over the course of the two-day event.

“The volume is definitely picking up,” Gadea stated. “People see this as a perk that's actually pretty important at their office. And if offices like it or not, I think these boxes are going to keep on showing up.”

Chelsea Lombardo is a Production Assistant for Yahoo Finance. You can find more of her work here.

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