PayPoint plans thousands more 'PUDO' locations

19 May 2017

PayPoint plans to expand its CollectPlus network of parcel pick-up and drop-off (PUDO) points to 7,000 locations by the end of 2017, according to reports today.

The CollectPlus network - set up by PayPoint and courier Yodel - currently has around 6,200 PUDO points, so this would represent a significant growth; the wider community of around 29,000 stores that are already equipped with PayPoint terminals would be used to expand the network.

PayPoint’s Parcel Services Director, Gary Winter said this meant that there could still be ‘considerable scope’ for further growth in 2018 and beyond.

For stores equipped with PayPoint and CollectPlus, Winter continued, the parcel business is just one revenue stream of many This makes the proposition more commercially viable, as costs can be met by the stores’ core activities. Furthermore, the parcel service will drive up demand for those core activities, as many customers who come into the shops to collect their parcels will also take the opportunity to stock up on groceries and other items.

Alongside the expansion programme, PayPoint and Yodel are also in the process of opening up the CollectPlus network to make it ‘carrier agnostic’ and PayPoint is talking to ‘most of the major carriers’, although this would not include Royal Mail.