Jonathan Smith becomes chairman to help drive InPost’s ambitious expansion plans, while InPost also introduces its 1000th locker location, making it by far the largest automated click and collect locker network in the UK.
InPost today reveals that it has hit the 1000 locker location milestone as it rapidly scales up for the start of the busy Christmas shopping period. This establishes its 24/7 automated locker network as the largest in the UK highlighting the reach potential for retailers.
Click and collect services are becoming increasingly popular in the UK: as of 2014 35% of online shoppers already use them. Yet 23% of consumers still deem them as inconvenient as they require collection during store opening hours. However, this latest expansion to the InPost network means that 70% of UK postcodes are now within five miles of an automated locker.
By integrating InPost’s e-commerce solution, retailers can provide customers with more flexibility in their delivery and return options as they can now opt for their nearest InPost locker at check out. The introduction of click and collect e-commerce solutions means that they are able to instantly up the scale and efficiency of their business, enabling products to reach more customers in more locations across the country.
Neil Saunders, managing director of Conlumino, commented: “With online retail continuing to grow at a rapid pace, consumers want innovative solutions to prevent them from missing parcel deliveries. Lockers provide a great part of this solution, especially because they can be operational 24 hours a day allowing the consumer to pick up products whenever it is convenient for them.”
Industry expert Jonathan Smith has also been appointed as chairman of InPost to help spearhead its ambitious UK growth plans.
Smith said: “InPost is a fast-growing business that is answering a very real need in the UK, using disruptive technology to revolutionise the retail industry. We provide retailers with the ability to reach shoppers more easily and we help make deliveries and pickups logistically more efficient, all of which makes for a more reliable and convenient experience for the consumer, helping to fulfil the cycle.
“The expansion of our locker network and the opening of our 1000th locker location means that InPost is ready to support all parties during the peak of the next few months and to make sure everyone has a very happy Christmas. In 2015, we plan to double our network to 2000 locations, making deliveries across the country even more convenient.”