UPS ‘Access Point’ launches in Ireland to increase convenience for customers

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*Over 300 new locations expected to open in the first year

UPS is launching its UPS Access Point network in Ireland, partnering with OOHPod and Parcel Direct to open 300 new locations for deliveries and collection – just in time for the peak festive on-line shopping and shipping season.

With 100 self-service lockers and 200 staffed shops located across Ireland, and over 35,600 across Europe, deliveries are now even more accessible. Locations across the country are expected to increase by around 500 by the end of 2024.

Recipients can request that packages be delivered to their nearest location while they are away – providing a secure out-of-home alternative to leaving packages in a safe place. Then at the earliest convenience, collect from the locker at any time, or during opening hours at the chosen shop.

From returns to e-commerce goods, shippers can also take advantage of daily collections from the stores, reducing the need to arrange at-home driver collection.

The Access Point network expansion is part of UPS’s plan to reduce emissions in its ground operations. The network enables a more efficient service closer to the communities where customers live and work, decreasing the need for return visits for redeliveries. This helps to reduce multiple trips for deliveries – and some studies show that delivering to an alternative delivery location rather than a residence can reduce carbon emissions by more than 30%.

Michiel van Veen, Managing Director, UPS Ireland & Nordics explains: “We have taken significant steps to increase choice and convenience for our customers in Ireland with the launch of the UPS Access Point network. Our partnership with OOHPod and Parcel Direct not only streamlines our last-mile operations, but also affirms our commitment to reducing our ground emissions per package.”