- 3 January 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
North America’s carrier agnostic pickup/drop-off (PUDO) network PUDO Inc has reported that it had a 30% boost in volumes during the peak season. The company pointed towards preventing doorstep parcel theft as an incentive to going over to PUDO collection.
“Recently, the Canadian RCMP announced that it had engaged Amazon to help it fight porch piracy in Prince George, BC, as unattended e-commerce parcel theft from private property had reached untenable numbers,” said PUDO CEO Frank Coccia. “We want Canadian consumers to know that we are 100% onside with a simple and convenient solution to help them secure their valuable parcels, one that all of our national and global courier partners tell us is working extraordinarily well for them, for their retail clients, and for consignees picking up from PUDOpoints.”
“By expanding and tracking volumes within our existing Network, we were able to see very clearly the year over year parcel traffic trends within those ecosystems, and work with our courier partners to help them reduce friction, costs and losses, at the same time we grew our own revenues on volume. Now, on the heels of the holidays and as we approach ‘returns season’, we are supremely confident of our business model, and how it scales profitably in benefit of all stakeholders.”
In an attempt to tackle ‘porch pirates’ Amazon has been running the Amazon Bait programme where parcels have transponders that track their movements continuously, alerting authorities to arrest those stealing parcels. Prevention is better than cure in the opinion of PUDO Inc.
“The RCMP and the Bait Package program both, are to be applauded for their ingenuity, and certainly these criminals should be apprehended,” adds Coccia, “but we would much rather see online shoppers utilising PUDOpoints as their home-away-from home address for parcel delivery, so that they can pick-up parcels at their convenience, at locations that are open early, late and on weekends, and let police officers focus on the already pressured law enforcement systems.”
The UK has seen hundreds of doorstep parcel thefts in recent months and this too could be an incentive to drive customers toward UK PUDO points as opposed to risking theft on their doorstep.