drop2shop’s expansion – Part due to a partnership with Boots

One of Europe’s most dynamic e-commerce delivery and returns platforms has reported a dramatic expansion in its operations due to a series of partnerships with Irish retailers.

Dublin-based drop2shop was launched in 2020, allowing consumers to receive or return goods bought from major online brands via some of the Republic’s best known convenience stores.

Founder and Chief Executive, Dave Field (Pictured), has revealed that the network of participating stores has increased by 50 per cent in the space of just 12 months.

He explained that was partially due to a surge in Irish retailers wanting to repeat the success already experienced by their UK counterparts.

Mr Field added that drop2shop’s growing appeal had also seen it added to in-store services offered by the pharmacy giant Boots.

“The demand on the part of Irish consumers for online shopping has seen it become one of Europe’s most vibrant e-commerce markets in recent years.

“Even so, sales had been stunted because of the lack of real convenience in the way that orders are delivered and unwanted goods are returned until drop2shop launched.

“There was a lot of early interest from major UK brands keen to overcome the difficulties created in overseas sales by Brexit.

“However, we have seen many more Irish retailers opting to use drop2shop in the last 12 months because they have seen what we have been able to do for their UK counterparts.

“Drop2shop is much quicker, more secure and more convenient it is than alternative methods.

“The number of available outlets is increasing week by week and, as a result, the number of purchases which it processes is growing rapidly too.

Mr Field outlined that drop2shop was now operating in more than 500 stores and forecourts across Ireland and available to customers of several hundred online retailers in Ireland and the UK.

Drop2shop was launched in collaboration with BWG Foods, which owns Ireland’s largest network of convenience stores, including familiar brands such as Eurospar, Spar, Mace, XL and Londis.

Last year, the drop2shop platform further increased its footprint through a partnership with Boots, which has seen it offered to consumers in 81 of the health and beauty retailer’s Irish premises.

Ireland is especially renowned as one of Europe’s most vibrant e-commerce markets, generating €7.4 billion (£6.5 billion) worth of online orders in 2022.