PUDO, North America’s carrier neutral parcel pick-up and drop-off network, has announced that its PUDOpoint retailers and courier partners managed 30% more packages during the 2019 holiday season, compared with 2018.
In addition to announced parcel volumes, the company has also highlighted how its PUDO solution can help tackle the porch piracy epidemic in North America. According to home security provider Ring, 20% of Americans have been victims of unattended parcel theft. The reported average value of each parcel stolen was US$140, and the cumulative value of those thefts can be calculated at over US$5.6bn.
“Recently the Canadian RCMP announced that it had engaged Amazon to help it fight porch piracy in Prince George, British Columbia, as unattended e-commerce parcel theft from private property had reached untenable numbers,” said PUDO CEO Frank Coccia. “We want Canadian consumers to know that we are 100% onside with a simple and convenient solution to help them secure their valuable parcels, one that all of our national and global courier partners tell us is working extraordinarily well for them, for their retail clients, and for consignees picking up from PUDOpoints.”
“By expanding and tracking volumes within our existing network, we were able to see very clearly the year over year parcel traffic trends within those ecosystems, and work with our courier partners to help them reduce friction, costs and losses, at the same time we grew our own revenues on volume. Now, on the heels of the holidays and as we approach ‘returns season’, we are supremely confident of our business model, and how it scales profitably in benefit of all stakeholders.”
The Amazon Bait Package solution involves inserting ‘trackable’ packages in targeted e-commerce ecosystems, so that local law enforcement can track and apprehend porch pirates in real time. The program has run successfully in select US markets and is currently running in Prince George, Canada.