July 08, 2014: Online retail giant Amazon and Transport for London's agreement to open parcel lockers in station car parks at Finchley Central and Newbury Park is just the beginning of a transformation in parcels delivery, predicts parcels industry expert Roger Sumner-Rivers.
Roger Sumner-Rivers is the founder and MD of ParcelHero.com.
'If plans to close ticket offices on the Underground go ahead, a ready-made space for parcels pick-up points will be created' explains Roger Sumner-Rivers, MD of ParcelHero.com, one of the UK's fastest growing and most-trusted international couriers. 'Tube stations are ideally placed on commuters' journey home, and make an obvious location for parcel drop boxes.'
It's not just on London's Underground system that picking up parcels makes sense, says Roger: 'Doddle, Network Rail's and Lloyd Dorfman's £24M online shopping collections and returns service, is set to be rolled out to 300 railway stations and transport hubs across the UK. The first is already in operation in Milton Keynes. Here at ParcelHero.com we are expecting your local railway station to become a new favorite destination for mail delivery.'
Visiting your railway station to pick up parcels is not a new idea, Roger points out: 'It's a case of back to the future! Not so long ago local railway stations were an important centre for picking up packages and handling freight of all kinds. I'm sure many people still remember British Rail's Red Star parcel service, which was still operation into the 1990s. It makes great sense to have parcels delivered to a place where customers are already going during their day.'