SEUR has agreed to enter Spanish smart locker network PUDO’s capital with 25%, reinforcing its commitment to continue developing out-of-home solutions to optimise the last mile. PUDO is part of the Swiss group Kern AG, manufacturer of smart lockers and related software, and it has customers worldwide. Recently, PUDO has also signed an agreement with Cainiao (AliExpress) for the implementation of its locker network in Spain.
According to the e-shopper Barometer, a study prepared yearly by DPDgroup, 10% of European buyers choose lockers to receive their orders. Speed, comfort, and privacy are its main qualities, but they are also considered a more sustainable solution. It has been estimated that every package delivered to a locker reduces the CO2 emissions associated with shipping by 63%.
Alberto Navarro, CEO of SEUR, comments: “Consumers demand more and more delivery options that adapt to their lifestyles, and this alliance with PUDO strengthens our commitment to our clients by developing out-of-home solutions whose objective is to offer more flexible and sustainable shipments and returns.” He added: “Lockers as a delivery alternative for e-commerce still have a lot of room for growth, but the interest it has gained in recent months has been exponential. Having the largest independent national network of smart lockers in Spain allows us to ensure its development. The delivery experience will be the same as using our network of Pickup convenience points.”
SEUR’s Pickup network was created in 2015, and around 10m packages have already been delivered since. By the end of 2021, the network is expected to reach 3,000 pickup points – 2,500 convenience stores and 500 lockers. The company also expects to reach 1,500 lockers in the next three years, and double its network of Pickup convenience points, aiming to have 5,000 points by 2025.
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