Last Mile Brief 19/07/2023: DPD’s Estonia parcel locker network to grow to 300 this year
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DPD is installing another 40 new parcel lockers in Estonia, 12 of which will be in towns and other places that previously had no parcel lockers. The extra lockers will also take DPD’s nationwide network to the 300 mark.
Next month, DPD lockers will be operational at Rakvere Lilleoru Aldar supermarket, Torma Konsum, Luige Business Centre and the Kuressaare WOW Centre.
In addition to the 40 new parcel lockers in Estonia, DPD Estonia is also installing new ones in Latvia and Lithuania. As a result of the network expansion, the Baltic States will have a total of 931 DPD parcel lockers.
“DPD Estonia and its parcel lockers are expanding to areas of greatest demand for the service. Of the 40 new locations, 12 are smaller settlements like Roosna-Alliku, Käru, Harju-Risti, Rummu and Luige, which currently have no parcel lockers. At the same time, it is home to people that are even more dependant on online shopping than city dwellers, as physical shops are practically non-existent,” says Remo Kirss, CEO of DPD Estonia.
According to the most recent e-commerce survey by Geopost, 83% of the Estonian population prefers parcel lockers as a means to receive their parcels, whereas the European average is just 20%.
“Since parcel lockers are Estonians’ first preference, we have made it our mission to come as close to people as possible. While DPD parcel lockers are located within 2 km of 79% of Estonia’s population, the percentage will grow with the network expansion even more. This means that more than three quarters of Estonia’s population could access parcel lockers on foot, by bicycle or public transport, thus making more environmentally conscious choices,” says the CEO of DPD Estonia.
Geopost says its network comprises of over 81,000 parcel lockers and PUDOs all over Europe.
“While the consumers in the Baltic States and Poland prefer parcel lockers, the ones in France and Belgium are more partial to parcel shops, which are not common in Estonia at all. Knowledge of the other markets’ preferences enable us to offer both enterprises and private persons exactly the type of complete solutions that correspond to the needs and desires of local e-shoppers,” adds DPD Estonia’s CEO.