Whistl has launched a trial for low volume parcel delivery for online sellers who cannot access competitive parcel pricing due to their low volumes. But don’t get too excited yet unless you live in the West Midlands (Minworth), South Yorkshire (Dinnington) and Nottingham where the trials are taking place.
There’s an obvious need for online sellers to have low volume parcel collections and we’re hoping that if this works well and online sellers in the trial report the service is good that it will roll out country wide.
The trial will see Whistl collect parcels from local online sellers, then consolidate at its new and existing micro hubs, then pass over to their partners for delivery to the consumer.
Small volume online sellers will have access for the first time to carrier management systems (CMS) that will enable them to offer consumers a wider range of delivery options including 24 and 48 hours services. The CMS which is seamlessly integrated the existing order management system will automatically choose the best carrier for the job depending on size, weight and service required.
Other benefits to online sellers include single label production which connects the whole delivery process together enabling better journey transparency through increased track and traceability of the parcel.
With the micro-hubs located in big conurbations, Whistl say that they are able to offer better collection times and reduce the environmental impact of collections through reduced mileage to the handover of parcels to delivery partners.
One of the greatest benefits to online sellers is that they will have access to Whistl’s industry leading account management, with a single person handling all their delivery management needs.
“Whistl has always been a champion for our customers and looking at ways for organisations, no matter their size, to benefit from competition in the delivery space. As we are seeing unprecedented demand for goods online during the current Covid 19 crisis, it is important that all retailers no matter of size have the opportunity to get their goods to customers competitively.
“By working with Whistl, small volume e-tailers can now access the benefits of carrier management systems that were once only available to larger volume organisations. We look forward to rolling out to further locations across the UK depending on the performance of the trial in Minworth, Dinnington and Nottingham.”
– Nick Wells, CEO, Whistl