- 30 September 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
InPost has agreed with UK supermarket giant Tesco to install up to 500 parcel lockers at the grocery and convenience chain’s stores. The aim is to have these in place by the end of November.
Tesco will benefit as it should increase footfall at its stores, with shoppers buying goods from them as they pick up or drop off their parcels.
For InPost, this will bring the number of automated parcel machines in its UK network to 2,500 units. It plans to have 3,000 around the country by the end of the year and more than 10,000 by the end of 2024.
Jason Tavaria, CEO at InPost UK, said: “We’re incredibly proud to provide Tesco shoppers across the country with the most convenient way to collect parcels and make returns. Very soon they’ll also be able to enjoy our enhanced service for posting items, making it even easier to skip the queues and send parcels using lockers. People are always looking for new ways to access essential amenities and convenient services that fit in around their busy lives, saving them time and effort. Our lockers do just that. And by reducing the number of deliveries needed, the new lockers will reduce local traffic, helping create more sustainable, greener communities.”
Even before the announcement was made, 200 InPost lockers have been installed at Tescos stores. The supermarket giant chose to go straight for a national rollout as opposed to a pilot scheme.
The parcel locker company says that the 500 lockers will eliminate 250,000 last mile deliveries and reduce carbon emissions by up to 70% per parcel as against home delivery.