What is a day-use locker and why are they important?

Typically when we think of lockers, we imagine a user having access to a locker, through a key, code, card or app, in perpetuity or for a prolonged period of time. But in reality, this is incredibly inefficient and is typically not the case, as that would require each employee, student, or gym-goer to have their own dedicated locker, thus requiring a significant amount of space.

Day-use lockers are a practical solution that saves space and budget.

What are day-use lockers?

Day-use lockers are smart locker systems that allow users to secure a storage locker for the day (or a temporary amount of time), typically used by offices, schools, universities and public spaces with more potential users than available locker space.

Why are day-use lockers important?

Day-use lockers optimize for who is present and needs a locker on the day by automating allocation and authentication of users. This is critical for public locations such as gyms, aquatic centres, libraries, and universities, where the number of potential users outnumbers the availability of space for lockers by multiples.

Similarly, workplaces are trending towards the need for day-use lockers. Pre-COVID workplaces saw just under 70% of lockers used on an average workday. Since then, flexible working has reduced this number further with less employees in the office five days a week.

How are day-use lockers utilised in practice?

Typically day-use lockers are used as a ‘home base’ for the day whilst performing activities. Employees within workplaces with activity-based working (unassigned seating), use day-use lockers to store a gym bag or work bag throughout the day, only carrying around the essentials. For universities, students store their bag, books and laptop whilst moving between classes.

Even though they're called "day-use", these types of lockers can be used for any temporary amount of time (e.g. a few hours) and, depending on the location, can also be reserved for overnight use.

For example, here's how Ashwin, a Structural Engineer at Arcadis, uses Yellowbox day-use lockers:

“I usually use Yellowbox at the end of the day to keep my work laptop at the office overnight. This way I come in the next morning knowing that it’s safe. I can also leave it behind if I’m going for a meeting at a client’s office.”

The need for flexibility and space efficiency has led to day-use lockers increasingly becoming the standard for lockers in various locations, especially today's workplace, school, or gym. Find out how much smart day-use lockers can save you on space, lockers and ongoing administration.

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