Coll-8 partners with BWG Foods

Ireland based e-commerce collections and returns startup Coll-8 has partnered with BWG Foods to improve its grocery collection and returns service.

Coll-8 has been founded by a group of entrepreneurs including Nightline founder Dave Field.

Field is Chief Operations Officer of Coll-8. He said that the partnership with BWG Foods will provide Irish consumers with “fast, safe and environmentally friendly” deliveries through its drop2shop brand.”I’m not exaggerating when I say that the services which we will be able to offer to shoppers will be a significant improvement on what’s currently available.”

Consumers in Ireland have always had issues with the collection and return of goods bought online. Issues include waiting at home for couriers, using the limited national parcel locker networks or instead finding their way to post offices during office hours.

“To that can be added the headache for convenience store staff of juggling countless pieces of paper and labels as well as trying to manage shops while dealing with packages left throughout the day by different couriers.

“Our agreement means being able to capitalise on a much more comprehensive network of locations across Ireland to pick-up and return parcels, places where more than one million people shop every day already.

“Deliveries will be made at the same time as store stock and using BWG’s fleet too, something which means less hassle for stores and an enormous reduction in carbon emissions and traffic.

“The use of the very latest mobile technology also enables us to be paper-free and complete collections or returns in seconds with the minimum fuss for consumers.

“Even before we become fully operational, the degree of interest from major UK retailers has been considerable and we have no doubt that it will become the delivery option of choice for shoppers too.”

Field is joined by Commercial Director Dean Lycett and National Sales Manager Tim Quinn, who each have more than two decades with some of the leading UK and Irish parcel firms, and Gerry Bowers, who was responsible for creating Nightline’s award-winning IT platform.

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