With more spending being made online, the need for more flexible fulfilment options (both delivery and collection) has never been higher. We highlight the latest wave of innovative services emerging – predominantly spearheaded by supermarkets catering to commuting consumers.
- In December 2013, UK supermarket Asda piloted a click-&-collect scheme that allowed shoppers to pick up their orders from branded delivery vans in car parks of busy London Underground stations (see our Subway Shopping blog post for more).
- UK supermarket Tesco announced that it would be following Asda in this move – using delivery vans as pick-up points at six London Underground stations.
- At this year’s Mobile World Congress trade show, Swedish car manufacturer Volvo unveiled an in-car system concept that allows couriers to find and access participants cars to drop deliveries directly into the boot. The concept would provide delivery companies with a digital key that will be activated when the order is placed and deactivated as soon as the car is locked. Shoppers can track the delivery via a real-time smartphone app. For those doubting its appeal on security grounds, during a trial in late 2013, it gained a 92% approval rating.
Look out for our coverage of Mobile World Congress, publishing the week commencing March 10.
As part of its plans to upgrade the Underground network, Transport for London is currently reducing the number of ticket halls in stations – leaving a new pocket of small-format space ideal for retail occupation, including click-&-collect hubs.
- UK supermarket Waitrose is first out of the blocks with plans to install temperature-controlled lockers at London Underground stations across 2014. The move follows a successful trial of the same technology at its Bracknell store last year. Customers are sent the locker number and a unique pin number to access their order.
For more click-&-collect innovations, see Waitrose’s GPS tracking in Data Tracking, Click-&-Collect Via Westfield Malls, Click-&-Collect Hits Luxury Sector, and Omni-Channel Retailing in the Future of the Store Industry Trend.