Automated parcel machine (APM) service provider InPost has today (March 14, 2023) announced the installation of its 5,000th locker unit in the UK.
It means there are now approximately 290,000 individual locker compartments available for consumers to collect, return and send their parcels across the country, with nearly half of all residents in London, Birmingham and Manchester living within a seven-minute walk of an InPost locker.
According to InPost, this highlights the rapid growth in consumer demand for out of home (OOH) delivery services. The company’s third quarter (Q3) parcel volumes increased by 227% in the UK compared to the same period in 2021, and the business now has more than 50,000 OOH options across nine major European markets.
Michael Rouse, CEO at InPost International, said, “We are extremely proud to have installed our 5,000th locker in the UK following a year of continued demand from consumers and retailers alike. In the last 12 months we have seen a huge appetite in the UK for convenient and hassle-free parcel services, and the rate at which we are growing shows that this mindset is here to stay. At a time when local high streets are struggling to regain footfall, OOH options suchas lockers provide a real and impactful solution to meeting the needs of our communities.”
InPost lockers, which are mostly available 24/7, can be found at convenience-boosting locations such as train stations, petrol forecourts and supermarkets. Recent research conducted in partnership with Lidl found that 54% of InPost locker users went on to make a purchase in store, with nearly half confirming that using the locker was the main reason for their purchase.
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