Australia Post has partnered with fulfilment technology provider, Doddle, to further extend its network of collect and return locations for online shoppers.

The expanded network will offer shoppers the choice to collect and return online shopping at different locations including supermarkets, pharmacies and department stores nationwide, as well as post offices and parcel lockers.

At launch, the network of retail partners will include selected IGA supermarkets, Priceline pharmacies, Aventus Group shopping centres and selected assets managed by 151 Property Retail. This will grow in the new year, offering shoppers extended trading hours and convenient locations to collect and return their online shopping.

The partnership will build on Australia Post’s existing network of over 4,300 post offices, parcel lockers in more than 350 locations and 15,500 street posting boxes.

Customers will be able to select their most convenient location from a map offered in the checkout of their favourite online retailers, functionality powered by Doddle technology. Notifications will be sent to customers advising when parcels are ready for collection.

The first merchants offering customers access to the Australia Post Collect & Return network include Booktopia and Peters of Kensington with the new locations being made available in their online checkouts in early 2020.

Returning items will also be quicker and easier, with shoppers able to register returns online which will generate a barcode for them to present in-store, without needing to print a label. Post offices and retail partners scan the customer’s barcode and accept the parcel over the counter, for Australia Post to return.

Australia Post General Manager Parcel and Express Services/Intermediaries Ben Franzi said it was about making it even easier for Australians to shop online.

“We are determined to provide our customers with services that make their online shopping experience seamless and even easier to access,” Franzi said.

“We’re excited to be working with Doddle and retail partners to give customers the flexibility they’ve been after, the ability to collect and return parcels when and where it suits them.”

Privately owned and chaired by Travelex founder Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Doddle, is providing the underlying technology powering the new service.

Justin Dery, CEO of Doddle Asia-Pacific, said that combining Australia Post’s unrivalled delivery network with Doddle’s parcel collect and return technology, creates a major step-change in the Australian ecommerce delivery landscape.

“‘Pick-up’ services are the fastest growing delivery option globally and with 35 per cent of Australian consumers picking up an online order last year, the potential in this market is huge,” Dery said.

“We look forward to working with Australia Post to provide greater convenience to consumers and support online retailers with delivery solutions that drive customer loyalty.”

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