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17 July 2014

Home delivery box revived in Germany by DHL


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DHL

In a move reminiscent of the UK’s e-commerce market of fifteen years ago, DHL (the main postal operator in Germany) has launched a range of delivery boxes that can be installed outside consumers’ homes for receiving unattended home deliveries or handling consumer returns.

Its range of Paketkasten, or packet boxes, is being offered for rental (from just 1.99 euros a month) or for outright purchase at prices from 99 euros. The boxes are limited to DHL deliveries, but since DHL handles a high proportion of home shopping deliveries in Germany, the appeal will presumably not be dented by this restriction.

The boxes are available in a range of sizes and in two styles – "classic" and "modern" – though both are essentially metal boxes with a door on the front. They can be mounted on a wall or on a free-standing plinth.

Various manufacturers are thought to be supplying the boxes, including Erwin Renz Metallwarenfabrik and Polygon, both based in Germany.

A plethora of such boxes was launched in Britain at the turn of the century, including most notably the Bearbox. However, very few of these early contenders survived, apart from the HippoBox, now renamed the Hippo Dropbox.

In recent years various alternatives have emerged, including the ambitious insulated Shopbox (more in Delivery solutions feature, page xx), but until now none of the UK contenders has had the clout of a major parcel delivery company behind it.

 

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