Italy: Carrefour to host InPost parcel lockers at stores
Agreement for location of 200 machines
InPost has signed an agreement with Carrefour – one of the biggest retailers in Italy – to install up to 200 parcel lockers in 2014. Carrefour will be one of the main partners to host InPost parcel lockers in Italy. This agreement is part of InPost’s expansion plans in the Italian market, where more than 1,000 terminals will be launched by the end of 2015.
Cooperation with the owner of almost 10,000 stores across Europe – available not only in Italy, but also in France, Spain and Portugal – will see the installation of InPost terminals both inside shops and on the premises.
Automated terminals enabling the easy and unassisted dispatching and collecting of parcels will be available at: Carrefour Hypermarkets, Carrefour Market and Carrefour Express. The key selection criteria when choosing the 200 sites out of almost 1100 Carrefour stores was a convenient location for clients.
From the beginning of 2014 development of a network of innovative InPost parcel lockers in Italy has accelerated. Recently, InPost has signed a strategic agreement with TNT Express Italy, resulting in TNT being responsible for logistical services for InPost parcel lockers in Italy. In addition, InPost cooperates with Banzai, the largest Italian e-commerce platform.
“Partnership with Carrefour Italy is a proof, that we consistently implement the strategy of InPost parcel lockers’ network expansion. Cooperation with Banzai and TNT Express confirms that our delivery solution is easily adopting in each market” – commented Rafal Brzoska, CEO of InPost.
“We are attracted by the huge potential of Italian e-commerce - according to a 2013 eMarketer study online sales in Italy reached 11.3 billion euros showing growth of almost 18% from the previous year. We are aware of the importance of being the best logistic service for such a dynamic e-commerce sector. I believe that InPost parcel lockers are the best solution for satisfying the expectations of online consumers” – adds Stefano Moni, general manager of InPost Italia.
“Cooperation with InPost is consistent with our strategy, which involves launching new services for our customers. Time is very important for consumers – if they can easily and quickly dispatch or collect a parcel while doing everyday shopping, there is no doubt that they will appreciate this option and the parcel lockers provided by Inpost installed in Carrefour stores are in line with this principle” – said Paolo Rangoni, Supply Chain Director in Carrefour Italy.
The expansion of InPost parcel lockers will support the dynamic growth of e-commerce in Italy. According to e-Marketer, in 2014 nearly 14.4 million Italians will purchase products via Internet and the average online spend per person will rise by 15%.
InPost parcel lockers delivery solution has been transforming the world’s courier market for the last couple of years. InPost’s innovative terminals are already available in 20 countries - they have conquered Saudi Arabia, Australia, Chile, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Cyprus, Slovakia, Czech Republic as well as Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala. Currently, there are more than 3,500 Parcel lockers using Inpost’s technology throughout the world. The company plans to install 6,000 new terminals in Europe, Asia, Americas and MENA region in the near future.