InPost parcel collection point, BP, Southgate, London.jpg - Image Credit Philafrenzy, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia CommonsInPost has announced that it will trial its parcel lockers at 22 Aldi stores. If successful, InPost then plans to roll out parcel lockers to more Aldi locations across the country. The new lockers will help extend the APM network of over 35,000 locations across nine European countries. The firm also has over 30,000 Pick Up/Drop Off points (PUDO).

The lockers allow consumers to collect and return online orders from other retailers at the locations. While these parcels are from etailers other than Aldi, it is a clever move by Aldi.  If people come to the Aldi stores to access the lockers, they may stay and shop in the store at the same time. Aldi will be hoping for a detectable uptick in trade from those stores.

Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi UK, said, “We are all about making things efficient for our customers, and the installation of InPost lockers will make shopping at Aldi even more convenient.

“People can collect or return parcels while they are doing their shopping, with the lockers accessible with a QR code. If the trial is successful, this will hopefully be something available to lots more of our shoppers later this year.”

For eCommerce vendors looking for a way to make deliveries more convenient for customers, the lockers make life easier. InPost already works with several etailers. In the UK, it has partnered with retailers such as Asos, Dune, New Look, JD Sports, Karen Millen and Schuh. It also has a close partnership with Vinted.

Where are the new lockers

The new lockers are placed all over the country. Consumers can locate their nearest locker (not just the Aldi one, but those at other partner locations such as Transport for London, Tesco, WHSmith, Lidl, Co-Op and Morrisons using its Find a Locker web page.

The trial will see the lockers installed during March, and the trial will last for 12 weeks.

Michael Rouse, CEO at InPost International
Michael Rouse, CEO at InPost International

Michael Rouse, CEO at InPost International, said, “We’re on a mission to bring unrivalled parcel convenience to shoppers in the UK, and this trial with Aldi does just that.  

“With over 6,000 parcel lockers in the UK, we offer hassle-free delivery options that easily integrate into shoppers’ daily routines. In this case, Aldi customers can now pick up and drop off their parcels with ease and efficiency while doing the weekly shop. We look forward to seeing the results from the trial and the start of a successful partnership.” 

 List of stores:

  1. Kingswood Road, Nuneaton CV10 8QY
  2. Hollier’s Walk, Hinckley
  3. Butts Street, Annan, DG12 5AL
  4. 4 Knightscliffe Avenue, Glasgow G13 2TG
  5. Blackpool Road, Preston PR1 6AF
  6. Ashton Under Lyne
  7. Magdalen Street, Colchester CO1 2FJ
  8. 471 Springfield Road, Chelmsford CM2 6AP
  9. North Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1JA
  10. Caerphilly Road, Cardiff CF14 4QF
  11. St Mark’s Road, Sunderland SR4 7EG
  12. Chichester Road, South Shields NE33 4HF
  13. Leeds Old Road, Thornbury BD3 8JF
  14. Magdalene Road, Little Coates, Grimsby DN34 5DN
  15. 281 Smithdown Road, Liverpool L15 2HF
  16. 1 Clocktower Drive, Liverpool L9 1ET
  17. Lortas Road, Basford NG5 1EL
  18. Somercotes, DE55 4JN
  19. Southampton Road, Portsmouth PO6 4RJ
  20. London Road, Rosherville, Gravesend DA11 9LY
  21. Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8NT
  22. 171 Bristol Road, Quedgeley GL2 4QL

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

InPost was founded in Poland and already had 48% of the B2C market share in its home country. It has successfully launched and grown in France and is now looking for further expansion in the UK after initially focussing on London, Manchester, and Birmingham. This trial could see further expansion in the UK and a partnership with Aldi, which will also help drive even more customers to those stores.

The firm already has over 6,000 lockers and shops across the UK and partnerships with most supermarkets. Aldi now adds to that list. Its ethos is that fewer home deliveries by couriers means fewer vans on the road and less CO2 emissions. It will be interesting to see at the end of May whether the trial is a success for both parties.

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