Express delivery and logistics provider Aramex said its plans to launch an automated parcel locker service for e-commerce and express shipments across Dubai in the UAE in cooperation with Polish-based parcel locker specialist InPost.
The locker service will allow e-commerce companies to send packages directly to designated lockers where customers can collect their orders at a date and time that is convenient
The locker systems will later be rolled out the UAE and to all major cities and locations across the Middle East and North Africa, supporting the development of the rapidly growing global e-commerce and express delivery industry.
India follows suit
In a related move, Indian entrepreneur Ravi Gururaj announced that his company QikPod will launch a network of fully automated, self-serve lockers in residential complexes, office compounds, cafes and stores across India.
The first lockers will be installed in Bangalore, but the network will ultimately reach some 50.000 lockers, which can be set up in varying sizes. QikPod's network and services will be made available to all couriers and e-commerce companies in the country.
Separately, India's Common Services Centers Scheme through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which will allow the Government to progressively migrate to an e-Governance platform and enable services through the CSC network, is announcing a close cooperation with U.S. integrator United Parcel Service (UPS) to enhance last-mile logistics and substantially reduce last-mile delivery costs in India.
Nol van Fenema