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The Co-op is accelerating its partnership with InPost, with plans to triple the number of parcel lockers available in stores.

By the end of 2024, over 150 stores will offer InPost Lockers, providing parcel collection and return services and offering a convenient OOH alternative to parcel deliveries being made to home.

The move focuses on making “things easier and more convenient for our member-owners and customers,” Chris Conway Co-op e-commerce director explained.

Locker use is continuing to grow in popularity, and more than half of UK consumers are now using delivery lockers for online purchases, Inpost research has revealed.

With Co-op stores located at the heart of local communities, the growth of the InPost partnership hopes to provide added ease and convenience to meet the community’s needs.

Chris Conway added: “Our focus is to make things easier and more convenient for our member-owners and customers, and with our stores located conveniently in high streets, transport hubs, university campuses and residential developments, InPost Lockers can help residents and time-pressed shoppers in our communities pick up or return parcels at a time that is convenient to them, on their way to or from work or when they pop out to pick up their groceries, quickly, easily and conveniently.”

Neil Kuschel InPost UK chief executive commented on the expansion: “By expanding our network to over 150 Co-op stores during 2024, we’re not just offering convenience but also redefining accessibility. Last year alone, the number of parcels we handled doubled to 46.5million[ii] proving that UK consumers love the locker experience. In fact, over half of UK shoppers have used parcel lockers and 62% of the population in London, Birmingham and Manchester live just a seven-minute walk from an InPost Locker. This trend continues to gain momentum and our mission through our partnership with Co-op is to continue driving this growth and make locker delivery the “go to” choice for the UK consumer.”