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The Fuel for Success: Benefits of Hosting Open Network Parcel Lockers on Petrol Forecourts
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Written by: Parcel Pending
In a rapidly evolving world of e-commerce and convenience, businesses are constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance customer experience, boost sustainability, engage with their communities, and increase revenue. One promising solution is the integration of open network parcel lockers on petrol forecourts.
Let’s delve into the advantages these lockers offer, and why forecourts are uniquely positioned to reap the rewards.
Fuelling Exceptional Customer Experiences
One of the standout advantages of hosting open network parcel lockers on petrol forecourts is the remarkable enhancement of the customer experience. These lockers provide a hassle-free and expedited parcel pickup and return solution, eliminating the frustrations of missed deliveries and long wait times at traditional outlets. Customers can now retrieve or drop off their packages at their convenience, making their visit to the forecourt more productive and enjoyable. This addition transforms forecourts into valuable community hubs, where convenience and customer satisfaction reign supreme.
“By implementing a secure and convenient parcel delivery and pickup service, we want to provide customers with a seamless and hassle-free experience, so stopping by our sites is not only something they plan to do in a journey, but also something they look forward to.” – Anna Roddis, Trading Director, MFG.
Greener and Cleaner
Parcel lockers also play a significant role in promoting sustainability, a pressing concern in today’s world. By reducing the carbon footprint associated with last-mile deliveries, these lockers contribute to a greener future. Centralised locker locations minimize the need for multiple delivery attempts, conserving fuel and lowering emissions. Companies hosting parcel lockers on their forecourts can align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, an aspiration shared by most dealers and independent operators in their quest for a better world.
The centralisation of parcel lockers within local forecourts allows recipients to trip-chain and collect their parcel whilst filling up with petrol, grabbing a sandwich from the store or getting the car cleaned. Our recent consumer research survey revealed that consumers actually do want to trip-chain, and given the choice, would replace 47 deliveries a year by trip-chaining: the equivalent of 1.4 billion miles a year driven by couriers across the UK.
“We want our forecourts to offer everything our customers might need. Enabling people to pick up parcels while refuelling will cut the number of journeys they need to make. Not only will this make drivers’ lives easier, but it will also help reduce traffic on nearby roads, easing congestion and lowering emissions in our local communities.” – Rontec spokesperson
Pumping Up the Community
Forecourts are not just places to fill up your tank anymore; they are becoming community lifelines. Open network parcel lockers strengthen community ties by serving as collection points for everyone in the surrounding neighbourhood. They provide a shared space where residents can conveniently access their parcels, fostering a sense of togetherness. By introducing parcel lockers, forecourts become integral parts of the communities they serve, enriching lives and boosting their own reputations.
Full Tanks, Full Stores
The integration of parcel lockers offers a dual advantage for forecourt businesses – increasing footfall and revenue. Customers arriving to collect their parcels are more likely to explore the forecourt’s offerings, potentially leading to additional sales. Recent consumer surveys have shown that most individuals would not only pick up or return a package at a smart parcel locker but would also visit a business more regularly if a parcel locker was available. Furthermore, they’d likely spend additional money on goods or services from the host location, making the forecourt a prime destination for shoppers.
Gassing Up Your Brand
Parcel lockers also present a unique branding opportunity for forecourt businesses. They can gain awareness by becoming a part of an open locker network of carrier-agnostic partners. This association will flag the forecourt as a local package pickup and return location, giving them added visibility in the local market. In an era where brand identity can make or break a business, this added exposure is a valuable asset.
Igniting Innovation: Unlocking New Revenue Streams
In summary, the integration of open network parcel lockers within forecourt facilities provides an unparalleled opportunity for businesses to elevate customer experience, foster sustainability, amplify community engagement, and augment revenue – all without incurring any upfront costs.
With Parcel Pending by Quadient, there is no out-of-pocket expense. We take care of the installation and maintenance, and you benefit from the extra income.
With consumers’ ever-growing love for online shopping, offering a seamless and eco-conscious parcel collection solution positions forecourts as pioneers in innovation. Leveraging their strategic locations and collaborating with reputable locker providers, forecourt businesses can seamlessly integrate this multifaceted service, serving their commercial interests and improving the community simultaneously.
Hosting open network parcel lockers is not just a benefit; it’s the fuel for success on the modern forecourt.
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