Online shopping collection network storms in
Online shopping is continuing to grow, but it brings with it a problem. Who is going to stay home for the delivery?
The need for collection points has led to a network of parcel collection shops to be set up. The concept has the potential to become a very exciting part of the retail environment.
Despite having only launched in the last month, Local Letterbox has already amassed interest from over 300 dedicated franchisees who aim to join its fast-growing network.
The new concept has caught the eye of industry experts, and those with the knowledge and experience within the industry realise its potential. Couriers, retailers, and more importantly, consumers are all in need of a better solution to home delivery.
The online retail industry is a growing sector which is hindered by delivery difficulties. The three big issues are convenience, cost and the environment. Local Letterbox’s parcel delivery solution tackles all three of these negatives with its secure parcel shops in a range of locations.
It says that fewer drops with more parcels to each of its carrier neutral outlets will cut shipping costs, and adds that the reduction in drops means fewer miles on the road which is better for the environment.
The franchise, which aims to solve the problem of parcel deliveries and returns, is building a network of stores allowing customers to collect and post parcels from locations that are convenient to them, any time between 7am and 10pm, six days a week. As part of a rapid growth plan, the cooperative says it will open 2,000 stores nationwide by summer 2013. Each shop will be dedicated solely to the Local Letterbox franchise and its growth plan will create an estimated 10,000 jobs across the UK
Iain Wood, commercial director of Local Letterbox said: “Our revolution in home delivery is gaining huge momentum. We have had an overwhelming response and commitment from master franchisees that has secured hundreds of dedicated shops in our network already.”
If collection centres become established, the question then is what other services can they offer, such as essential groceries, and postal suppliers. This begs the question why local post offices, corner shops and fuel station shops don’t provide the services instead of the Local Letterbox. It has been a long time coming, but home delivery depots could well be an imminent battleground.