London set to launch ‘out of home’ last mile delivery scheme to help reduce emissions and congestion in all boroughs according to Alan Barrie, founding director of Delivering London speaking at the Parcel + Post-Expo conference in Vienna.

With 500 million parcels being delivered in the UK capital alone and more than 25,000 vans already on London’s roads, the scheme is aimed to tackle both traffic congestion and environmental impacts as volume of parcel deliveries is set to rise to 1 billion by 2030.

Set to launch on a test basis early next year, this will see delivery companies and other stakeholders in last mile delivery working together to reduce emissions by placing parcels into an open network of PUDO points, where consumers can collect and return orders made online. The aim of delivering parcels to 10,000 PUDO locations instead of 3.5 million homes would be “a massive change” as well as a major step towards reducing congestion and emissions in London said Barrie.

Kern offer a range of last mile solutions with our 24/7 automated smart lockers and have considerable experience in this area, with a current live project installation involving some 200,000 compartments. Our solutions offer the maximum possible flexibility in configuration, sizes and type (ambient, chilled and frozen). Having mains or battery power options ensures they can be installed in any location.

Parcel lockers help to reduce the environmental impact of increased deliveries. Eliminating failed delivery attempts means fewer vans emitting CO2 on our streets, less congestion and gives the consumer greener lifestyle choices.

Couriers simply place parcels in a secure locker at the customers chosen point, an automatic code is then sent to the customer who can then access the allocated locker when it is convenient to them.  Once the drop off and collection is complete the sender is notified that the parcel has safely been collected.

To find out more about Kern’s range of 24/7 automated smart lockers click here or get in touch by calling us on 0845 680 60 60 or email info@kern.co.uk 

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