Collect+, the parcel service operating through corner shops, has revealed that it processed more than four times as many parcels in April 2011 than it did during the same period last year.
Collect+ is now delivering over two million parcels a year, compared to an annualised figure of 400,000, this time last year. The parcel volumes were helped by the bank holiday weekends in April, during which post offices across the country were closed, but the corner shops that Collect+ operates through continued to serve local communities.
The increase in deliveries and returns was also a consequence of new services added to the Collect+ offer, with a consumer facing ‘parcel-send’ service launched in February and a jiffybag service launched in April. This is in addition to the retailer service that Collect+ operates: Asos, Littlewoods and Boden are among the many retailers that allow consumers to deliver or return items purchased online through the Collect+ network.
As a result of this success, Collect+ expects to expand its network of stores – already over 3,700 – to 4,000 by June 2011. The number of corner shops offering the service has already increase by 10% so far in 2011.
Mark Lewis, CEO of Collect+, said: “Public holidays are an occasion when alternative delivery services really come into their own. Many small businesses and individuals cannot wait until the working week to be able to send a parcel or package, but the traditional services usually cease to operate on these days. Collect+ is going from strength to strength as the appetite for a more convenient and flexible service increases among the busy population.”