InPost, has announced the next stage of its European expansion, with projects planned in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and the Benelux countries. The expansion plans come after the acquisition by InPost of Mondial Relay last year.
The further integration of the Mondial Relay brand into InPost’s network will give its e-commerce partners such as Decathlon, Lidl and Zara guarantees for next-day delivery. As 2-3-day deliveries are the standard across much of the region, this will give InPost’s partners a key competitive advantage and ensure a more efficient process for the end consumer.
Furthermore, InPost has announced its intention to increase its parcel locker network with new key partnerships with companies such as UK retailer WHSmith and Spanish petrol station company Galp.
Rafal Brzoska, CEO of InPost, commented, “After our successful acquisition of Mondial Relay last year, we are excited to start to realize the underlying commercial logic of the deal. InPost’s integration with Mondial Relay will systematically implement the most innovative and high-quality solutions of last-mile deliveries into these new markets.
“As the world begins its transition to net-zero, we have seen our e-commerce partners taking major strides to reduce their emissions in every step of their service. InPost helps retailers to mitigate the environmental impact of the last mile and is constantly striving to increase the efficiency of deliveries.”
Michael Rouse, CEO of InPost International, added, “The explosive growth the European e-commerce industry has experienced in recent years inevitably causes a similar increase in returns. This in turn puts an extra burden on a postal system already running at capacity. InPost delivers a solution to this problem, providing an easy and accessible service for consumers, while giving retailers the assurance of speed and efficiency.”
InPost’s European projects include:
United Kingdom: InPost has announced a new partnership with UK retailer WHSmith that will see InPost Lockers deployed in WHSmith High Street stores across the UK, complementing the brand’s existing range of services on offer to customers. It is InPost’s first national indoor proposition and follows other successful partnerships with landlords including Westfield, Tesco and TfL.
France: Mondial Relay is a name synonymous with the French e-commerce industry and as a result, InPost has decided to keep the company’s core branding. However, InPost is pushing forward with the expansion of the APM network, adding 100 parcel lockers in the last 9 months. Furthermore, the company is taking steps to embed the region in InPost’s wider network, increasing productivity in the system and ensuring it is available to customers 24/7.
Spain and Portugal: InPost will rebrand Mondial Relay as InPost in Portugal and Spain. Furthermore, a new agreement with Galp, Spain’s leading petrol station network with 570 locations, further supports service expansion and launch of the parcel locker network. Parcel locker installations will begin in Spain’s main cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and Malaga.