Singapore will be piloting common parcel locker system in October. Lockers will be conveniently located within 250m of residential apartments. Pilot lockers will be located west and north-east of Singapore. Punggol will have 39 locker sites, run by Singapore Post. Bukit Panjang will have 23 locker sites, which will be run by logistics provider Blu Logistics.
This approach is interesting as whilst it will provide low cost entry into parcel lockers for all the small partners, it will remove some of the advantages the larger delivery networks have enjoyed as they would have had exclusivity of use before.
Its also interesting to see retailers in the initial group of interested parties, as this would enable them to bypass traditional delivery companies and distribute more of their sales themselves.
Fifteen major logistics industry players, online merchants and marketplaces have signed a Memorandum of Intent with IMDA to use the common parcel system. These include NTUC Fairprice, Ninja Logistics and Lazada Express (Singapore).
While industry players are interested in using the common parcel system, details on costing revenue collection, or maintenance by parcel locker providers (Blu and SingPost) is not mentioned in the article.
Commentary by Maverick Chung
Image Source: Screen Grab from Channel News Asia