- 27 October 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
In preparation for what’s set to be a record breaking peak season, Australian delivery company Sendle has announced it is freezing its holding rates and improving its delivery network, to include adding pick-up/drop-off (PUDO) points.
In partnership with PUDO company Hubbed, Sendle has added 500 PUDO locations across Australia. Sendle CEO James Chin Moody said: “This holiday season Australian small businesses need certainty, not scandal. The ongoing crises at Australia Post highlight how much Australia needs choice now more than ever. That’s why we launched Sendle five years ago as a parcel delivery service specifically designed for small business, and why today we’re seen as the true alternative.”
Sendle has seen volumes grow by 128% year-on-year since the beginning of the pandemic. In the coming peak the delivery firm expects business shipping volumes to be in the region of 2.5 times that of previous peak seasons.
Sendle has also worked with partner, Hubbed, to open parcel drop off points in Tasmania for the first time. After-hours collection points are available at BP stations, convenience stores, newsagents and pharmacies, with many open 24 hours, seven days a week.
In holding its rates at 70% cheaper than Australia Post, so the delivery firm is keeping competitive.
“We know retailers have had a rough year with the coronavirus lockdowns and economic recession, and we don’t want to see small, local businesses hit in the pocket as they gear up for an unpredictable festive season. They deserve simple, affordable and reliable parcel delivery, and Sendle is working hard to provide that.” Mr Moody added.
“From day one, Sendle has been for the small end of town which is why so many small businesses and side hustlers have been switching from Australia Post to us during COVID. The need for a stable delivery network in this new era of eCommerce is more crucial than ever. We’ll continue to provide that stability for small businesses and challenge the functional monopoly.”