We have heard from many online sellers that they need to maintain their income during the Coronavirus crisis, but would also like to limit the time they spend in shops or the Post Office. Despatching parcels is a necessity if you continue selling online but there are ways to reduce human contact, perhaps the best of which is a parcel locker drop off. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and operate contactlessly.
Lockers are well known as places to receive parcels, but it’s often forgotten that they can also be used to send parcels. This could be outgoing marketplace sales from eBay for instance, or returns to any number of retailers or marketplaces.
The advantage of a locker drop off is that there is no direct human contact, they are generally open 24 hours a day so you can choose to visit at a quiet time of day, perhaps during the UK Coronavirus lockdown while you are out for your daily exercise. You can send multiple parcels at one time, and as many are situated at major supermarkets you can grab your essential shopping at the same time as dropping of parcels.
How do I buy a parcel locker drop off label?
The largest locker drop off solution in the UK is provided by InPost and they have partnered with a number of carriers and parcel consolidators through which you can purchase the service:
Where is my nearest locker?
There are around 850 InPost lockers in the UK. You can find your nearest one here.
How does a contactless parcel locker drop off work?
- Buy a label and pack your parcel
- Go to your nearest locker
- Scan the label barcode
- The locker door pops open automatically
- Place your parcel in the locker and shut the door with your elbow