The new service is available through 3,500 neighbourhood shops within the PayPoint network. It is the first parcel delivery service to challenge the Post Office by offering deliveries and parcel collection direct from the high street.
This means that small businesses and consumers are able to send parcels from their local, participating corner shop directly to any UK address. The service costing means that parcels up to five kilos in weight cost £4.99 to ship, with those between five and ten kilos in weight costing £6.99.
The launch of the expanded Collect+ service comes as it announces that it has managed the return of one million items to retailers including ASOS, Littlewoods, K&Co and Boden.
Collect+ outlets are generally open seven days a week, from early in the morning until late at night, allowing customers to send their parcels at a time that suits them. The service answers a demand from the public and small firms for a convenient parcel delivery service which offers longer opening hours, freedom from queues and with simple, transparent pricing.
At the launch, Mark Lewis, CEO of Collect+, said: “Customers tell us that it is inconvenient to drop their parcels off during the working day and that they want a more convenient option. Two fifths of those that use our service to return goods to our retail partners do so outside normal hours or at weekends. Today’s launch extends that convenience to personal deliveries, allowing us to offer a simple parcel send alternative matched to modern lifestyles.”
The Collect+ network of 3,500 stores is extensive, ensuring that 75 per cent of people in towns and cities across the UK are within a mile of their nearest outlet. Collect+’s ambitious expansion plan will ensure the service is even more convenient, placing it at the heart of local communities.
To use the Collect+ service, visit www.collectplus.co.uk
, enter the postcode they want the parcel to go to and print out a label to attach to their parcel. Payment is taken online resulting in a quick and simple drop off in the corner shop.