- 2 November 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
The Chief Operating Officer of Ireland’s logistics company Coll-8 says that Ireland’s shoppers are increasingly choosing pick-up/drop-off (PUDO) locations thanks to fears of doorstep theft.
In the coming peak season, Coll-8 Logistics expects to handle up to 30,000 parcels daily during its pre-Christmas parcel peak season. This will be three times that of the volumes it handled in 2020.
Coll-8’s drop2shop PUDO service was launched in September 2020, and uses a network of more than 400 convenience stores across the Republic of Ireland, fed by a number of last mile delivery companies.
Dave Field, founder and COO of Coll-8, says that volumes have started to grow substantially, even as reports of a number of doorstep parcel thefts in Dublin, Limerick and Cork have made national news.
Mr Field said: “The amount of online shopping has continued to increase since last year’s peak, which was driven by the fact that high street stores weren’t open.
”At that time, doorstep delivery didn’t present a problem because many people were working from home and able to collect items immediately after they were left by couriers following rules on social distancing.
”However, a good number of consumers are now back working from factories and offices and purchases are being left outside their homes, which police recognise as a something of a temptation to thieves.
“The potential for theft is only likely to grow as the volume of online shopping rises in the run-up to Christmas.
“Recent reports of ordered items being stolen corresponds with the surge in goods being sent through our drop2shop network and the anecdotal accounts of individual consumers who we have dealt with.
“Drop2shop has found favour with consumers not only because it offers security but familiarity too.
“Consumers can pick up what they have bought online from the same place and at the same time that they do their grocery shopping rather than having to arrange their schedules around trips to sorting offices or out-of-town locker banks.”