News comes as fears surface that The Post Office could make further cuts
CollectPlus, the parcel service operating through corner shops, is opening ten new outlets in Sheffield, six new outlets in Stoke-on-Trent and five in Coventry this month. The new CollectPlus outlets will provide an alternative for parcel senders in Sheffield, which has seen the closure of 21 Post Offices since 2008, while Stoke has seen 12 closures and eight in Coventry.1 Earlier this month, research surfaced which claimed that the Post Office network could be cut further still as part of controversial reforms to the Royal Mail.2
The increased number of stores means that 90 per cent of people in Sheffield, Stoke and Coventry are within just a mile of their nearest CollectPlus outlet.
CollectPlus allows customers to send parcels to any address in the UK and drop off returns at 3,700 local stores, nationwide. Most CollectPlus stores are open seven days a week, from early in the morning until late in the afternoon.
Mark Lewis, CEO of CollectPlus, says of the expansion:
“The people of Sheffield deserve a convenient parcel service on their doorstep. The opening of new CollectPlus outlets in the city means that people can send their parcels seven days a week at a time convenient to them, without the need to queue. With the opening of ten new CollectPlus outlets in the city, people in Sheffield can now benefit from the convenient alternative to the Post Office.”
Dovinder Bhat, manager of B B Supasave in Sheffield believes that CollectPlus could be of benefit to her and her customers:
“Many of my customers work during the day, so it is easier for them to drop into the shop early in the morning or later at night. My longer opening hours will allow those that don’t have the time during the day to collect or drop off their parcels when they walk their dog in the morning or after work. And, for my part, I’m looking forward to inviting more customers through my door.”
To use the CollectPlus service, customers need only visit www.collectplus.co.uk, enter the postcode they want the parcel to go to and print out a label to attach to their parcel. Payment is taken online resulting in a quick and simple drop off in the corner shop. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/south_yorkshire/7669560.stm