Yodel begins parcel locker trial in Northern Ireland

Yodel has partnered with specialist sortation company Hexapole to install a new Small Parcel Sorter at its Shaw Sortation Centre in Oldham.

Yodel has announced a new six-month trial of parcel lockers at sites in Northern Ireland. Run in partnership with PayPoint via its Collect+ network, the trial will see the independent parcel carrier utilise self-service parcel lockers from OOHPod initially at nine locations, including Lidl stores in Castlereagh, Newtownards, Shore Road Belfast, and Lisburn.

The parcel lockers, which provide 24/7 contactless access for customers to pick-up online deliveries at their convenience, will be available as a click & collect option to select via retailer’s store locators.

The six-month trial is part of Yodel’s ongoing drive to expand its Out Of Home (OOH) offering with the business already offering click & collect deliveries to over 5,500 stores nationwide via its longstanding partnership with the Paypoint Collect+ service.

It also represents a new step for the business in reducing its carbon footprint, which has fallen by 17.5% over the last six years through initiatives such as the expansion of pedal power which has seen 900,000 parcels delivered by cargo bikes.

Founded in 2021, OOHPod operates parcel lockers across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with 300 additional locations planned by the end of 2024.

Nick Williams, Director of Parcel Services at PayPoint said: “Our partnership with OOHPod is evidence of our commitment to providing consumers across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK with an ever-increasing range of locations and options to meet their parcel delivery needs.”

Liam Rogan, Out of Home Director at Yodel, commented: “We are pleased to announce this trial of parcel lockers which is an exciting step for us as we look to grow our Out of Home offering. In recent years we have seen consumers demanding more convenient parcel deliveries. Our existing relationship with PayPoint provides customers with access to thousands of conveniently located stores across the UK. Their partnership with OOHPod, provides Yodel with access to a safe place for customers to collect at a time that suits them. The trial also enables us to provide a more sustainable service. By delivering parcels to a single location in an area we can reduce total mileage across our network as we look to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.”

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