Integer.pl Group is to install hundreds of its self-service parcel locker terminals at supermarkets in the UK and Italy following two new agreements with retailers. The company has teamed up with Morrisons in the UK and Carrefour in Italy to enable consumers to collect their parcels and online purchases, and potentially send parcels in the future, when going to their local store for grocery shopping.
The Polish company’s UK business InPost UK has installed the first parcel lockers in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, with the potential to increase coverage to more than 500 Morrisons locations nationwide. Inpost now claims to have 1,000 parcel locker sites in the UK and is targeting 1,500 by the end of 2014.
Andy Taylor, managing director at InPost commented: “InPost has set very high targets for the UK over the next few years. We deliver an exceptionally high level of service to our e-commerce and retail client base, as well as to the end consumer and we are passionate about our offer. With parcel collection taking just seconds, InPost hopes to become the preferred option for delivery in the UK.”
Meanwhile, InPost will install its parcel terminals at up to 200 Carrefour stores in Italy out of a network of 1,100 store locations, with the company hoping to have 1,000 sites in the country by the end of 2015. InPost has already agreed partnerships with TNT Express Italy to deliver parcels to the lockers and with Italian e-commerce platform Banzai to allow shoppers to have purchases sent to parcel lockers.
The company said the Italian e-commerce market has “huge potential”, citing eMarketer data suggesting that the market was valued at EUR 11.3bn in 2013, with 18% year-on-year growth. Stefano Moni at InPost Italia said: “We are aware of the importance of being the best logistic service for such a dynamic e-commerce sector. I believe that InPost parcel lockers are the best solution for satisfying the expectations of online consumers.”
|Parcel companies are investing heavily in infrastructure and technology to take advantage of growth opportunities within the delivery marketplace. This is enabling them to improve the service they provide to customers and increase competitiveness.|
Skillweb is a privately owned, UK-based business that provides technology solutions designed to help organisations manage their mobile workforces and track the movement of their goods. The company has operated since 1999 managing deployments across the UK and Europe and is responsible for up to 100 million transactions each month and growing.
Skillweb provides an effective means of tracking and tracing incoming and outgoing deliveries, as well as communicating useful delivery details to the recipient, via its SmartTask POD solution, helping carriers of all sizes to enhance their service offering.
Downloaded onto a worker’s smartphone, ruggedised or semi-ruggedised device – including the Motorola TC55 touch computer – this mobile software application can run as a standalone solution, alongside Skillweb’s Houndit technology or a carrier’s current system.
When recipients choose their delivery option during a purchase, the information sent to a carrier relating to the order can be used by the software to generate a communication via email or SMS stating an approximate delivery slot. This is based on how long it takes to get from a warehouse to the customer.