Polish retailer Eurocash has announced plans to introduce parcel delivery service - My Package - for online purchases in its abc grocery stores.
The service will allow abc customers to pick up their online orders at a convenient time and location.
One of the largest chain of grocery stores in Poland, abc operates around 8,600 outlets, owned by independent entrepreneurs, mainly in smaller towns.
Eurocash spokesperson, Jan Domański, said, "We hope that soon store owners and their customers will experience the first benefits of its implementation. The pre-Christmas period is the most important time for the e-commerce industry, in which online sales are the highest throughout the year."
Polish ePayments will be responsible for handling the technological aspect of issuing and receiving parcels, Eurocash said in its statement.
Implementation activities and operational support in stores will be coordinated by Pointpack, a technological integrator of courier services.
The retailer has signed up DHL Parcel as the operator of the service.
Owners of abc stores interested in implementing the service are required to fill an application form to allow Polish ePayments to handle the process.
Domański added, "Interestingly, research shows that the co-buying rate for this type of service is about 30%. This means that 3 out of 10 consumers sending or receiving a package at a retail outlet will do the same.
"The goal of the Eurocash Group is to support independent trade in Poland and provide its participants with tools and opportunities to compete in this market."
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