With vaccinations rolling out across the country and a roadmap out of lockdown, it’s likely that many might return to the office for the first time in a year. With additional travel likely, an InPost Tfl partnership will see the roll out of more than sixty new parcel lockers across the TfL network over the next three months. This follows a trial installation of the parcel lockers at six different locations. More than 25 new lockers have already been installed, with plans to double this by the end of the summer.
There’s even been talk of the Tamebay team returning to our London Office some time later this year, although perhaps never quite as full time as before as there’s a realisation that travelling for two hours carrying a laptop just to sit on Zoom calls all day isn’t perhaps the best work-life balance when you could gain four hours personal time and sit on Zoom at home! Nonetheless as working life will eventually turn back to being a more office based existence once again, convenience of parcel deliveries will become ever more important as we’ll no longer be at home 24/7 to receive our online purchases.
The new network of InPost Tfl smart lockers will be fully deployed just as Covid-19 restrictions are expected to ease and the capital’s economy gradually reopens. Primarily situated within TfL’s car parks close by to Tube and Rail stations, they provide the local community and those using public transport a convenient, cleaner and greener way to collect and return parcels as part of their regular daily travel around the capital.
Once the InPost Tfl locker network is fully operational across all of the locations, it will reduce last mile deliveries and have the capacity to save 193 tonnes in carbon emissions annually, which is the equivalent of taking 48,000 car journeys off London’s roads a year. These sizeable carbon savings will support London City Hall’s ambitious aims for the capital to be a zero-carbon city by 2030.
“We are proud to partner with TfL to support InPost’s aim of leading a greener way to shop online with an ambition to drastically reduce last mile deliveries in the capital. This is at a time where the capital is gearing up to gradually and safely reopen. InPost is helping stations across the capital act as hubs serving the local communities that surround them by offering a genuinely convenient and easily accessible way to collect deliveries and return items, as part and parcel of their usual journey.”
– Jason Tavaria, CEO, InPost UK
“We are pleased to be working with InPost as they increase the number of parcel lockers available across the capital. When more people begin to return to the network safely and responsibly in line with guidance, these lockers will offer a convenient way for them to pick up deliveries as part of their everyday journeys and help reduce delivery vehicle trips across London. It is one of the many ways that we are working with innovative companies, such as InPost, generate revenue to reinvest into the transport network.”
– Nigel Pickup, Head of Commercial Property, TfL
Current live locations include Newbury Park Tube station, Ickenham Tube station and Victoria Coach station.
The new InPost lockers are set to be operational across more than 60 commuter station car parks by June 2021 and will be available for use from July 2021. Once operational, the lockers will enable contact-free, parcel collection and returns, 24/7. All lockers will undergo frequent maintenance and cleaning, which includes cleaning the touch screen, the compartment doors and the sides of the lockers with an anti-viral spray to ensure safe usage of the lockers at all times.