Home delivery specialist Hermes has recruited 500 convenience stores for the launch of a new parcel service to rival the Collect + network, reports today’s Independent Retail News.
The myHermes ParcelShops branding is starting to appear on stores up and down the country, including Spar, Londis, Nisa, Premier, other independents and the Co-op.
The first phase of the service allows consumers to return unwanted goods they have purchased online. Hermes hopes to extend the service to a further 500 stores by the end of the year, when it is expected myHermes ParcelShops will be able to take parcel deliveries for collection by consumers.
The Collect + parcel collection service is available in more than 4,700 convenience stores that are part of PayPoint’s store network.
The Londis outlet in Morden, south London, which is run by Anil Patel and his wife, Rashpal, was one of the first stores to get the myHermes ParcelShops branding.
Anil Patel said the service was slow to get off the ground at first. “We have just started to get a few parcels in now,” he said.
He said he receives 40p for each parcel he returns and he believed trade would pick up when his store became a collection point as well. “If they don’t flood the market [with too many shops], it will make customers come to our shop, particularly at Christmas and times like that,” he said.