DPD are partnering with Quadient to offer their customers access to a new nationwide network of smart parcel lockers.
Last month, Quadient announced plans to begin installing smart parcel lockers across the UK. This year, an initial 500 contactless, secure locker stations will be deployed in the country, with plans for 5,000 in the coming years. 200 of the initial installations will be 24/7 outdoor facilities, and locations could include shopping precincts, housing estates, serviced car parks and higher education sites.
Parcel recipients will be able to select a locker delivery from their DPD delivery notifications. They will then receive a confirmation once the parcel is in the locker and can access their parcel using a one-time PIN or by scanning the QR code in the notification to open the correct locker door.
The initiative is in addition to DPD’s existing nationwide network of 6,000 Pickup shops, which includes big names like the Post Office, Sainsbury’s, Homebase, Argos, Morrisons, Go Outdoors, Matalan and the Coop as well as a network of independent convenience stores including Collect+.
For people who are at home or have a reliable safe place or a good relationship with their neighbours, home deliveries will remain the number one preference, but parcel recipients always tell us they also want choice and control over their deliveries. Many households have become more reliant on deliveries post-pandemic, but not everyone is at home all the time now. So, it is important that we continue to develop new smart, safe and secure delivery options. It is really exciting to think about the kind of locations that could be most convenient for people, going forward such as libraries or maybe even pubs. Whichever option parcel recipients choose, our market leading technology, including the DPD app, will keep them informed and in control every step of the way.– Elaine Kerr, CEO, DPD UK