UPS is partnering with several smart locker providers allowing them to open 400 new locations for deliveries in the UK.
Locker providers Quadient and OOHPod have helped UPS expand its network with Paypoint and Parcelly stores for shipping and collection services.
UPS will have 400 self-service lockers and over 5,000 manned shops located in the UK, and over 35,600 across Europe. The number of self-service locations are also expected to increase by the end of 2024.
Packages can now be delivered to recipients nearest location while they are away and can be collected at their earliest convenience.
Ufku Akaltan, President, UPS UK, Ireland, Nordics and India said: “The expansion of the UPS Access Point network demonstrates our commitment to develop and deploy solutions that provide customers even more convenient options.
“Our goal is to continue fostering efficient and sustainable practices, providing alternative delivery locations for recipients, and simplifying supply chains for shippers.”
The Access Point network expansion is part of UPS’s plan to reduce emissions in its ground operations. The network enables a more efficient service closer to the communities where customers live and work, decreasing the need for return visits for redeliveries.
This helps to reduce multiple trips for deliveries – and some studies show that delivering to an alternative delivery location rather than a residence can reduce carbon emissions by more than 30%.
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