- 4 May 2016
- Transport / Logistics Services
Delivery company CitySprint has announced that its new “On the dot” specified hour delivery technology is available to retailers across the UK.
According to the company, the service has been “developed specifically to help retailers offer the highly convenient, intelligent deliveries that consumers have come to expect, at a price that competes with pure players like Amazon”.
On the dot is based on technology which can “dynamically display” capacity across CitySprint’s delivery network – and thereby make one-hour delivery time slots visible to both retailers and shoppers, based on factors such as customer and store locations.
It has an open API, that means that retailers can integrate the delivery technology directly into their checkouts and EPOS, both online and in-store. Smaller retailers can also buy bundles of deliveries and create an account to offer On the dot immediately in-store or over the phone.
On the dot can also be used as a flexible last mile solution for customers who “click but don’t collect”: this should help to reduce the amount of stock abandoned in stores, which retailers have to ship back to their distribution centre.
The system was piloted successfully in Birmingham and has now been rolled out nationally.
Patrick Gallagher, CEO of CitySprint, said, “The old model of deliveries on retailers’ terms is dead and gone. In today’s world, convenience trumps speed when it comes to buying online or in-store. This is exactly why we developed On the dot, the only service of its kind, which allows us to use and manage delivery capacity in a whole new way. Thanks to its technology, retailers now have access to incredible convenience at a reasonable cost.”
To date, On the dot technology has been used for deliveries on behalf of companies such as Lords of London, Artisan du Chocolat and Lea & Sandeman and CitySprint said that it “looks forward to the announcement of further partnerships in upcoming months”.