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London Underground trials home shopping collection points


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London Underground car parks are the latest locations to be adopted by the retail market as alternative delivery points for home shopping.

In rapid succession Asda, Tesco and Waitrose have announced plans to trial the concept at various stations in London’s outer suburbs, and in a separate but related move, locker-bank company InPost has announced that it has reached agreement with Transport for London to install its box banks in London Underground car parks.

The three retailers have moved cautiously into the idea. Asda, for instance, is understood to have launched the concept by stationing a delivery van in the car park from a designated time each day (4pm has been mentioned). The initial stations were East Finchley, Epping, Harrow and Wealdstone, High Barnet, Highgate and Stanmore.

Tesco took a similar approach last year when it launched trials of a pickup service from schools and libraries.

However, Waitrose has already trialled a box-bank delivery service with staff at its own headquarters, in this case using ByBox equipment, so has some experience of how it could work.

InPost is bullish about the opportunities, saying it intends to expand the network to other travel locations such as bus, coach and railway stations. It already claims to have more than 800 terminals in place in the UK.

ByBox has more experience of this, though, having run extended trials with Network Rail, and has box banks installed in a couple of London stations.

 

 

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